I believe in the healing power of human connection. Sharing the true nature of your experience with an objective but compassionate listener is a practice whose transformative powers cannot be overstated. In the process of working with me, various patterns of thought and behavior will be brought to light and explored with curiosity, tenderness, and even humor. Together we will make the unconscious conscious so that you can gain more control over your life. In coming to a deeper understanding of yourself and your unique context, more generous perspectives emerge, along with a profound gentleness and patience.
I earned my Master of Arts (MA) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Goddard College and am a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA #A12150). While in graduate school, I completed a year-long internship at an outpatient eating disorders treatment center, where I worked with women and girls struggling with anorexia, bulimia, bingeing, exercise addiction, and other food- and body image-related issues. My passion for working with this population is still strong, but I am also experienced in helping those in the throes of anxiety, depression, complex trauma, low self-esteem, frustrating relationship dynamics, creative blocks, career dissatisfaction, and existential angst. Along with having my own private practice, I work as a therapist extern at The Asheville Center for Contemplative Psychotherapy, where I receive excellent training and supervision and treat a diverse group of men, women, and teens.
Before going back to school for my counseling degree, I earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from North Carolina State University, so I have a deep appreciation for artistic temperaments and strongly believe in the healing power of the arts. Music is another huge passion of mine, which I pursue as a volunteer in community radio and by playing the guitar and singing. As a contemplative psychotherapist, I gravitate toward Buddhism and maintain a regular practice of yoga and meditation, but I respect all forms of spirituality and am open to incorporating them into the therapeutic process, depending on the client’s preference.