I hold a Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. Concurrently, I completed coursework in Addictions Counseling and earned a Post-Graduate Certificate in Expressive Arts Therapy. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist Associate in the state of North Carolina.
In addition to graduate coursework and professional supervision, I deepened my relationship with gestalt therapy by training with the Appalachian Gestalt Therapy Institute from 2014-2017. I am training in EMDR through EMDRIA. I am trained in Rites of Passage facilitation through the School of Lost Borders at their Big Pine, California location. To support the wilderness components of my work I am medically trained as a Wilderness First Responder.
I work in private practice in Asheville and in Hendersonville with Full Circle Community Wellness. In the past I have worked as an Adjunct Professor of Counseling at Lenoir Rhyne University's Asheville campus. I am also a board member and facilitator with Blue Ridge gestalt, an organization that will shortly be offering workshops and education in gestalt therapy in Western North Carolina. In the past I have lead ongoing groups on a contractual basis for recovery organizations across the region.
Years prior to my work in the mental health field I earned a B.S. in Environmental Science from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. An unusual place to enter the field, I found myself drawn to outdoor work that simultaneously addressed environmental social justice issues. I was very fortunate to have an internship that immersed me in the culture of a group, service to the wider Philadelphia community, and to the public park system which supported and reinforced my own healing in therapy. This inspired me to find more ways I could connect with myself, others, and nature in more healthful and meaningful ways that were mutually beneficial to all involved, both the human and more than human. Ultimately, I discovered that all environmental problems were really human relationship problems, and those were rooted in multi-generational trauma and somehow this engagement process with one another and nature seemed deeply important.
This profound belief and passion for the healing power of nature guided me to work with at-risk inner city youth and rural adjudicated adolescents in Pennsylvania and Idaho in immersive outdoor programs. Following these experiences, I entered the wilderness therapy field in Western North Carolina. I worked with teens on the autism spectrum and later with young adults in early recovery from substance addictions. Prior to my work in private practice, I counseled college students with substance use disorders, adults of all ages with severe mental health disorders, and young adults and their families in early recovery.