“The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.”
One day, I found myself realizing that even though I had spent years teaching, empowering students, and supporting families, I felt called to step beyond the classroom to help children and families on a much deeper level. Being a child can be a wonderful and joyous time of life, but it can also be overwhelming, scary and overstimulating. For the highly sensitive child/teen, who experiences these big feelings, I can help. I am passionate about helping children who experience big, intense and over-whelming feelings, as well as, parents who are exhausted and frustrated, navigate the challenges of childhood and parenthood. I help guide young people to understand their emotions, and what it means to regulate them, help parents to navigate the challenges of their own lives and backgrounds as they learn how to best support their children. I provide a safe, compassionate, judgment free space for discovery, growth and change.
My goals are as simple as the way I live my life and parent my own children:
I believe you have value, and your voice must be heard.
I believe everything you need to be successful in your work already lies within you.
I believe healing is a process, and takes time and effort on both our parts.
I spent many years in classrooms learning to understand and support students and families. Moving between multiple worlds and languages, the core ideas of family, grief, culture, trauma, and a need for connection have always been embedded in those conversations: all of my lessons in school led me back to the recognition that learning about oneself, one’s healing, and recovery are all about the need to build authentic relationships that elevate self-worth and provide purpose to us so that we can create actions to safely, healthfully navigate all the moments of our lives.
I have traveled around the world learning about people–anthropology, sociology, cultures, language–I love learning about it all; people and their stories have always fascinated me, and it has been through these travels that I have collected stories knowing that the more I learn about, and understand others, the better I am able to understand myself.
MY CLINICAL EXPERIENCE
I am currently a clinical intern here at Thompson Child Therapy, actively pursuing my Master’s Degree in Counseling, with a focus on Trauma, at Hood College.
I have a Master’s Degree in Teaching, from Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelor of Arts from University of Maryland College Park in American Studies. In addition, I obtained my 200+hour Mindfulness Teacher Certification from the Mindfulness Center of Bethesda.
WHEN I AM NOT WORKING WITH MY CLIENTS…
I spend most time with my husband and our big blended family of 6 children, creating adventures hiking in woods, kayaking on the lake, playing legos or watching old disney movies. When I can find a moment to myself, I love a hot cup of tea, a warm cozy blanket and a good book.