I help sensitive children and teens who struggle with overwhelming emotions better understand themselves and the world around them. Feeling emotionally out of control can be frightening and painful, especially if we don’t know how to manage without hurting ourselves and others.
Though anger, fear, shame, sadness, and loneliness are essential parts of the human condition, we don’t have to feel powerless to our BIG emotions and allow them to run our lives forever. By listening, observing, and teaching effective coping skills, we can work collaboratively to decrease suffering and distress.
My goal is to help individuals gain deeper understanding, appreciation, and control over their lives. Everyone deserves the opportunity to create a life they want to wake up to. Sometimes we just need a little help getting on our feet and finding our own path.
WHAT I DO
I provide therapy to children and teens who often perceive the world more intense than most. They are often thought of as “very emotional” or “very sensitive” and sometimes scare other with their explosive emotions. These individuals may present as anxious or depressed, sometimes with suicidal and self-harm thoughts/behaviors.
I enjoy using creativity, warmth, and humor to build a safe, non-judgmental environment where individuals can feel free to express themselves completely. Children enjoy working with me because I am energetic, fun, and work hard to create a comfortable space for them to explore. Teens appreciate my sarcasm, that I am down to earth, and easy to talk to. I also work with parents of sensitive children and teens to encourage an overall positive and healthy living environment.
MY CLINICAL EXPERIENCE
I am a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Hood College in Frederick, MD. I am actively receiving training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Child Centered Play Therapy at Thompson Child Therapy and work under the direct supervision and completed my year-long internship at Thompson Child Therapy in 2019. Though I enjoy working with people of all ages, children and adolescents have always held a special place in my heart. A great deal of my clinical research has focused on adolescent girls with eating disorders.
MORE ABOUT ME
I love being outdoors and often spend my weekends on the river in Harper’s Ferry. Paddleboarding, kayaking, hiking, laying around in a hammock, and yoga are a few of my favorite past times. I am an artist and love finding new ways to incorporate creativity into my everyday life. Animals fascinate and inspire me; I love learning about them and spending time with them whenever possible, especially my kitties.