I am a life-long North Carolinian and have been playfully accused of being overly statriotic. I completed my undergrad at UNC Chapel Hill in Anthropology, where I learned that I enjoy creating metaphors, connecting with people about what makes them tick, and listening deeply in a nonjudgmental way. I received my master’s degree in Community Counseling from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, in 2007. Because I perpetually feel like I am 20 years old, I seem to have fit right in having worked with students at both Western Carolina University and UNC Asheville in their respective counseling centers. I have been lucky enough to work with young adults on issues surrounding relationships, attachment patterns, family systems, existential questions, and gender identity.
I also completely dig being a certified R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) Instructor, empowering women by teaching Basic Physical Defense classes that include both didactic & physical instruction as well as a simulation exercise to complete the class. I am passionate about supporting women as they find their voice and inner strength. It is mindblowing to hear stories of how women’s lives have changed after this class! They are more likely to stand up, speak up, communicate a powerful “NO!” - and to have a healthier sense of self, healthier boundaries, and stronger, more meaningful relationships with lovers, family, and friends.
I don't have a class scheduled right now, (and am taking a bit of time off from teaching until September 2017) but if you would like to email me I will keep you posted about the next class! If you would like more information about R.A.D. or want to be connected with another instructor, please don't hesitate to contact me and we can figure out how to move forward with getting the training and experience you are looking for.
I come from a strengths-based, solution-focused, positive psychology perspective. I often use EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), TRM (Trauma Resiliency Model), and a wee bit of humor, when appropriate, as clients find new ways of thinking that get them nearer to who and how they want to be.
I enjoy working with clients who experience high levels of anxiety, panic, anger, and fear that are often a result of trauma. I also work with clients wanting to shift relationship patterns, move through significant life changes, learn self-reliance, explore identity, and self-awareness. I was trained in EMDR in 2011, completed the final training of TRM in 2016, successfully using these modalities with the majority of my clients.