I am a new mom navigating this experience with an open heart, fingers crossed, and a sense of humor.  I write to make sense of my experiences, to connect with a community, and to laugh at my mistakes.

I graduated from Denison University in 2003 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology.  In 2006, I earned my Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling Psychology from LaSalle University.  In 2010, I earned my License in Professional Counseling. I started my work in the mental health field 12 years ago in a community-based program serving children.  I fell in love with this particular kind of work because the innate resiliency, creativity, and hope of children who have experienced such significant difficulties in their young lives is endlessly inspiring.  I feel that my clients offer me a gift when they trust me enough to be a witness to the peaks of their accomplishments and the depths of their fears.

I am currently working as a Licensed Professional Counselor with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families.  Outside of work, I love practicing yoga, traveling, writing, exploring new restaurants, and spending time with family and friends. My most recent adventure was participating in a service trip with the Beyond Asana Yoga Teacher Training and Fundraising Group through the non-profit, buildOn, to break ground on the construction of a new school in a rural village in Las Cuarentas, Nicaragua. Soon after I returned from that life-changing trip, I took a leap of faith and started the Beyond Asana Yoga Teacher Training. I hope that upon completion of this very special training, I will be able to offer a more well-rounded and holistic approach to my clients, linking healing for the mind, body, and spirit. I am currently fundraising again through my yoga teacher training toward building a primary school in Malawi in February 2015. To learn more about my service project, visit my fundraising website.

“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” ~Pablo Picasso