A genuine interest in people and a passion for life
I began my journey as a helping professional through volunteer work at camps for children with disabilities and with the Veteran's Administration. I saw the impact that my enthusiasm and encouragement could have on those struggling. I pursued my undergraduate education at Temple University, graduating with a bachelor's degree in therapeutic recreation and studio art before beginning my career as a recreation therapist serving military service members. Even in this early work, the impact that traumatic experiences had on the clients I worked with was hard to ignore. I saw individuals and families struggle with substance abuse and addiction, common means of coping with the after effects of war. I navigated personal challenges that allowed me connect to those around me. I then, found a passion for the biology of these conditions and committed myself to developing advanced skills to help myself and others more fully. I went on to receive my masters degree in clinical mental health counseling from Prescott College in addition to completing a yoga certification, becoming a Yoga for 12 Step Recovery facilitator, certified EMDR therapist, and eventually receiving my license (LMHC). In my down time I enjoy the outdoors, spending quality time with friends and family, cooking, making artwork, discovering hidden local hotspots, and connecting with others who share my passion for community.