I am so grateful that every day I get to empower people with disabilities to find their voice, by adapting traditional counseling techniques to meet my individual clients’ needs.
I first became passionate about wanting to advocate for people with disabilities when I was nine years old. My father was in the Army and was stationed in Germany, and while living there I learned the horrifying history of the treatment of people with disabilities and mental illness by the Nazis. From then on, I felt compelled and called to support people with disabilities.
After I earned my undergraduate degree in Psychology, I began supervising support services for people with disabilities living independently in apartments in the community. In this role, I became extremely frustrated by the service gap that I realized; none of my clients who needed mental health services could find a counselor who was competent, willing, or available to treat them. Eventually I realized that I had the passion and skill to fill that need in our community – I went back to school to obtain a Masters degree and then founded my practice.
My Education and Credentials
I have a Master of Science degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and Psychology that I earned from The School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. My undergraduate degrees in Psychology and German Language were also awarded by UNC-CH (Go Heels!). While I earned my Masters degree, I interned at the Duke University Medical Center’s Pain and Palliative Care Biofeedback Clinic. I continue to contribute to research efforts spearheaded by Duke’s Department of Psychiatry.
I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate – I am able to assess, diagnose, and treat mental disorders.
I’m a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor – My specialization is in working with people with ‘dual diagnoses’, or people who have both developmental disabilities and mental health disorders.
I’m a Qualified Developmental Disability and Mental Health Professional – In addition to my education, I have over 15 years of real world experience working in the disability and mental health systems in North Carolina.