Therapist and Instructor
I help depressed, anxious, and hurting teens find their strength, gain new skills, and get relief from their overwhelming emotions. My goal is to help teens move from crisis to coping while learning to use safe and healthy skills in the process.
As a child, I stuttered. Afraid that my peers would tease me because of my speech, I avoid speaking as much as possible. This fear escalated into social anxiety, where I feared any kind of social situation where I was expected to speak.
It wasn’t until I was an adult, that I got the help I needed (for my anxiety, not the stuttering-that I had to figure out on my own).
Do I still get anxious? Absolutely!
But I learned to work with my fear instead of against it. And as far as my stuttering and my fear of speaking- I have a bookcase full of public speaking awards that I’ve earned over the years that prove you can be afraid and still do the things that scare you!
I wanted to create a space for teens to be their real and beautifully imperfect selves, while developing confidence, courage, and a sense of calm. Everything I teach is not only researched-based, but has been used to transform hundreds of lives for the last 25+ years.
Master of Social Work Degree (MSW)
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) & Qualified Supervisor
Certified in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional-Child & Adolescent
Registered Play Therapist, Supervisor (RPT-S)
Nationally Certified Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist
Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) Trained
Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200)
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Trained
Children's Book Author