I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and psychotherapist, and my goal in practicing psychotherapy is to establish an ongoing conversation and to develop a relationship which brings a client greater self-knowledge, access to their inner resources, liberation of repressed feelings and healing from trauma. Jon Kabat-Zinn’s expression on every person’s “wholeness” is primary for me in my work: “No matter how many scars we carry from what we have gone through and suffered in the past, our intrinsic wholeness is still there… We are still what was present in us before the scarring…And we can reconnect with that, because it is the very nature of who we truly are.”
Through cultivating insight and orienting a client to their strengths, I strive to collaborate in finding their resilience - creating calm and contentment in their family, work, social, and spiritual life. I also consider humor and music to be essential to my work, and I highly encourage clients to be a seeker of further coping skills they feel organically “fit” them, to supplement our work in overcoming self-blame and restrictive beliefs. This allows for further empowerment of the client – which helps them to allow their authentic self to flourish.
I am highly experienced in offering services to adults, children and families in all settings, so I am well versed in offering resources to a client, but my focus for private practice is exclusively with adults. I specialize in the arenas of anxiety, stress related to career, depression and mood disorders, as well as in relationships, complicated bereavement and trauma.
My primary theoretical approaches are based in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, as well as Dialectal Behavior Therapy, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, with Systems Theory being of primary importance in understanding the client’s full worldview and how they relate with others. I am also in the final stage of two certifications specific to trauma, including EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) and Cognitive Processing Theory.
I received my advanced standing clinical Masters of Social Work from The University of Arkansas, Little Rock, and I received my Bachelors of Social Work from The University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. I am also a member of The National Association of Social Work (NASW) and The Counsel on Social Work Education (CSWE).
I grew up in Fayetteville and now live in Bentonville, but I spent a decade living in California in the 1990s while in the corporate world, so in my travels and my careers I have found a love for art, culture and all things beaches, mountains and sunsets.