I have had the opportunity to work with diverse populations of children, adolescents, adults and families in a wide range of non-profit and traditional treatment settings including:
My overall approach is humanistic, which means I value every person's uniqueness and natural potential for positive growth and transformation.
Depending upon the individual needs and goals of my clients, I combine this perspective with various other theoretical orientations and evidence-based strategies, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, art therapy, dialectical, trauma-informed and solution-focused approaches.
I view my role as highly collaborative, with a focus on helping people find health and well-being while respecting their values, culture and experiences.
Professional organization/association activity
Licensed Professional Counselors Association of North Carolina, Professional Member, 2018-present
Art Therapy Institute of NC, Vice President, Board of Directors, 2016-2017
Education and Credentialing Background
I earned a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Marital and Family Therapy and completed an AATA (American Art Therapy Association)-approved graduate program in Art Therapy at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, California in December 2003. I completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1996 with continued study in psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As part of my graduate education, I participated in a yearlong supervised practicum internship from January to December of 2003.
I began practicing as a licensed postgraduate intern in 2004, became licensed to practice independently in 2009 and have continually held an unrestricted license since that time. My initial license was as a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist (MFC46908) by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
In October 2013, I earned my National Counselor Certification (NCC 306660), through verification of my education and experience and by passing the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification, administered by the National Board for Certified Counselors.
In May 2014, I became a Licensed Professional Counselor (10913) in North Carolina, credentialed by the North Carolina Board of Licensed Professional Counselors.
To keep current in the field and to satisfy licensing requirements, I participate in ongoing advanced training and education.
Past licenses, accreditations, associations:
California MFT License MFC46908, Initial license: 2/28/2009, Expired 8/31/2014
California LPCC License LPC735, Expired 8/31/2015
Missouri MFT 2010037686, Expired 2/29/2016
Accredited School Suicide Prevention Specialist and a member of the American Association of Suicidology (www.suicidology.org). April 2010-April 2013.
Registered pro-bono provider for Give an Hour, which finds free therapeutic services for U.S. military personnel (www. giveanhour.org), 2009-2013.
Registered pro-bono responder with Missouri Show-Me Response, a voluntary registry of disaster-response professionals, 2013.
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