I earned my B.A. from Hanover College and my M.S. in Mental Health Counseling from Walden University. I am currently gaining field experience hours toward becoming a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). I am a member of Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Honor Society and the Indiana Counseling Association. While most of my professional pursuits have been in fields other than mental health, I have always had a passion for helping people, thus decided to obtain a degree that would provide me with a better platform to do just that. I have worked with a variety of client populations, including teens, couples, families, and individuals with mood disorders and substance abuse issues. I have also had the pleasure of working with military veterans who have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
My personal and professional philosophy about people is that we are stronger than we allow ourselves to believe. Individuals who are having mental or emotional struggles often need to have a trusted person to serve as an emotional outlet. Additionally, individuals may need someone who will help them learn more effective coping skills in order to achieve their life goals. My objective as a mental health professional is to provide clients with a safe, confidential, and friendly environment in which to sort through their stressors. I aim to be an ally in helping clients to work towards identifying and achieving goals towards better mental, emotional, and physical health. Key components of my therapeutic work include client empowerment, identification of feelings, help with decision-making and coping skills, and providing support.