More About Me and My Practice

After graduating from the University of Colorado in 2000 with a Degree in Music (French Horn), I knew that I didn't want to be a classical musician, but I wasn't sure of my professional path. I moved to Austin to work as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer at the nonprofit now known as The SAFE Alliance. This formative experience led me to seek a social work graduate degree and I graduated from the University of Texas School of Social Work with a Masters of Science in Social Work in 2004. My area of study was clinical, but I was drawn to the social justice values of the social work profession. Since graduation, I've practiced in the field of child welfare and later specialized in therapy with adolescents and families in psychiatric, addiction, and school settings. I later received specialized training in working with adults and parents who have experienced trauma. I'm also raising two children, which serves to inspire me to work with other parents.

I love my work and consider it a gift to be present with clients through life's struggles and opportunities for self-growth. My approach is strengths-based and Relational, while also rooted in mindfulness skill-building, attachment theory, and interpersonal neurobiology.  My training includes Brainspotting to address trauma and I am DEEP-trained (Dynamic Enriched Experiential Psychotherapy). Most importantly, I strive to create a safe, nurturing, and respectful environment for my clients.

Social workers, such as myself, subscribe to a professional set of ethics and conduct. For more information about the standards by which I hold myself, please see the Texas Social Work Code of Conduct.