Welcome! Congratulations on taking the first step in seeking support in whatever you are going through. Change is hard, but it is something we all, as humans, experience. My hope is through the relationship we build together you can learn more about yourself and find strength, skills, and courage to wade through the “yuck” that sometimes comes up in life.
I specialize in working with individuals and families who are struggling with anxiety, a history of trauma, relationship dysfunction (romantic or family), a difficult childhood, or people-pleasing and perfectionistic tendencies. This may show up as overwhelming emotions, safety concerns, harsh self-criticism, having a difficult time communicating your needs and emotions, or lack of boundaries in your relationships. If you’ve never been to therapy before, I’m very passionate about normalizing this experience for you, to help you feel comfortable and less anxious about this new commitment you’ve made to yourself.
The therapy I provide is relationship-based, systems-focused, and trauma-informed. That’s a lot of “therapy language” to say: building trust with me is the first priority in our work together. I aim at making our time together comfortable, safe, and relatable so you feel empowered to grow and change. You don’t live in a bubble, so I am interested in the relationships and environment you grew up in and live in now. I have experience working with trauma, and am ready to help you heal from childhood, relationship, or recent traumas. My ultimate hope is for you to know yourself better, so you can gain insight into your emotions, patterns of behaviors, and strengths to live a healthier and more fulfilled life.
My experience in crisis intervention, mindfulness, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) means that I balance learning and practicing realistic coping skills while also providing traditional talk therapy. My training in Trauma-Focused CBT and Attachment Theory assists you in “digging deeper” and exploring issues that may be causing stress in your life and relationships. There is a good chance I will talk about neurobiology so we both learn why your brain is doing funky things, I will lead you through skills and mindfulness meditations, and I will definitely sprinkle in some sarcastic humor.
A little more about me – I am originally from the beautiful state of North Carolina, and now love calling Austin home! In my spare time, you will either find me outside near water or at a local music venue. I earned an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Master’s degree in Social Work from The University of Texas at Austin. I am honored to have a career listening to others’ stories, and take great pride in my relationships with clients.
If you think we may work well together, please reach out by requesting an appointment on the "Get Started" page or contacting me at 512/201-4501, ext. 184. I look forward to talking with you soon!