About Me


Clinical Experience

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:

  • A coordinated specialty care clinic with young people experiencing first-episode psychosis and their families (Clinical Director, Individual and Family Therapist)
  • A residential social rehabilitation program for chronically mentally ill adults ages 18-59 (Assistant Program Director, Therapist)
  • A high-level residential program for adolescents ages 12-17 (Therapist, Care Manager)
  • A high-level residential program for children ages 6-10 (Therapist, Care Manager)
  • School and community-based outpatient treatment, working with teens, children, adults and families (Therapist, Care Manager, Consultant)
  • An acute inpatient hospital for adolescents (Art Therapist, graduate practicum)
  • Private practice therapist working with children, teens, couples, families and adults

 

Theoretical Orientation

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 activity

Art Therapy Institute of NC, Vice President, Board of Directors, 2016-2017

 

Current license and registration numbers 

North Carolina LPC License 10913

Issued 5/30/2014

Expires 6/30/2019

National Certified Counselor 306660, Issued 10/19/2013 

Expires 8/31/2019 

 

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.

 

NPI 1275683674  -  CAQH Provider ID 11968131

 

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