I graduated from Avila University with a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. I performed my internship at SAFEHOME, a local organization serving survivors of domestic violence providing therapy for adults and adolescents, leading support groups and performing public education talks.
I worked in community mental health for several years contracting with MO Children’s Division. The focus of my work was helping children and families recover from the trauma of abuse and neglect.
In my private practice as an anxiety disorder specialist, I use an eclectic approach to therapy, which means I incorporate a variety of therapeutic principles and philosophies in order to create the ideal treatment program to meet each person’s specific needs.
In a paper that was published on PsychCentral, therapist John M. Grohol, PsyD. described eclectic therapy in the following terms:
“Eclectics use techniques… from all schools of therapy. They may have a favorite theory or therapeutic technique that they tend to use more often or fall back on, but they are willing and often use all that are available to them. After all, the key here is to help the [client] as quickly and as effectively as possible.”
Prior to following my passion to become a counselor, I worked in corporate marketing for 17 years. I have two children, ages 21 and 17 and recently remarried. In my free time, I enjoy exercising, hiking, biking, laughing and spending time with my family and friends. I strive to learn something new every day and it is my firm belief that making time for the people and things we love is the key to well being.