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Who Am I

Educational Background

Initially, I hesitated to pursue a career in counseling, despite the encouragement of my friends and family. However, as I faced my own mental health challenges, I began to see the need for quality mental healthcare. As a junior at The Ohio State University, I decided that I wanted to be a part of the solution to this problem and switched to the social work program. After receiving my bachelor's degree in social work, I took a year off from school to gain experience in adolescent group and shelter care. The stress and challenges of social work solidified my conviction to become a counselor. I returned to school to earn a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary. While getting my degree, I had a rare opportunity to work as a therapist under my social work license. The ability to apply what I was learning with real client experiences allowed me to truly integrate my education and develop my skills in a unique way.

Professional Development

Since completing my graduate program, I attained my independent licensure as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. I have worked in various settings, from community mental health agencies to a private group practice, giving me exposure to a wide range of mental health concerns. Working with such diverse clients and clinical issues allowed me to discover what my strengths and passions are as a therapist. I found my greatest joy in helping clients heal from emotional wounds and negative beliefs that influence their self-perception. As a result, I have specialized in working with clients for whom issues of identity and self-worth are a primary concern, especially those with Borderline Personality Disorder, trauma disorders, late-diagnosed ADHD, autism, and members of the LGBTQIA+ community.

In my 7 years as a therapist, I've explored various treatments to find the most effective and client-centered approaches. I found that many treatments focus on symptoms without addressing root issues, which often leads clients to force themselves into change, and can create shame when clients struggle with this process. However, I found that Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing and Internal Family Systems theory swiftly identify and resolve root issues, offering permanent healing and leading to natural and spontaneous positive change in thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Discovering these empowering treatments transformed my clients' lives and refreshed my passion for counseling.

Starting a Private Practice

Though I loved working with clients, years of demanding caseloads and daunting paperwork wore on me. I began to feel burnt out, making it difficult to balance my emotional wellness and maintain my passion for my career. My previously unidentified ADHD worsened as the burnout intensified. After finally receiving an ADHD diagnosis at the age of 29, I knew I was going to have to make changes to continue in this profession. After taking a month to reset and travel through Europe, I embarked on the journey of starting my own private practice. Knowing the strengths and limitations of ADHD, I built my practice to work with my ADHD and allow me to achieve healthier work-life balance.

Becoming a Life Coaching

Starting my own counseling practice provided me with the time and energy to explore what truly matters to me. I began a journey of self-discovery, pondering life's profound questions: Who am I? What's my purpose? How can I find joy and fulfillment? This exploration healed my relationship with myself which profoundly changed the way I approached my life. Loving myself fully allowed me to create a life I truly love. Seeing the profound changes in my quality of life inspired me to begin coaching others on their path of self-discovery and alignment with their desires and values.

Personal

Now, with the flexibility of having my own private practice and coaching business, I am able to find the balance I need in order to be the healthiest version of myself. Outside of counseling and coaching, I find fulfillment through pursuing various and ever-changing interests. My current passions include Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, volunteering with a high school tennis team, learning to play the piano, traveling as much as possible, reading, writing, RESTING, and spending time with my loved ones.

Counseling

Healing from mental and emotional health issues using EMDR, IFS, and other therapies

Coaching

Accessing your inner resources to support your personal growth and build a life you love
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