My goal is to provide a relationship which you may use for personal growth.
My style is fluid, collaborative and tailored to your individual needs. I recognize that you are the expert on your life, maintaining a person-centered approach to: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Radical Acceptance, Exposure Therapy, etc. I recognize that mental illness and substance abuse also impacts loved ones, providing education and support while encouraging boundary setting and self-care.
- Bipolar Disorder
- Borderline Personality Disorder
- Executive & Corporate Mental Wellness
- Grief & Loss Counseling
- Life Transitions
- Maternal Mental Health
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Panic Disorder
- Parent/Care Giver Coaching
- PTSD & Trauma Disorders
- Self-Discipline & Behavior Management
- Sexuality Related Concerns
- Social Anxiety
- Stress Reduction & Management
- Substance Use
- Time & Task Management
BS Double major Health Services Management/Rehabilitation Services, East Carolina University
MS Substance Abuse & Clinical Counseling, East Carolina University
– Military & Trauma certificate
– Rehabilitation Counseling certificate
For nearly a decade, I have had the privilege of working with individuals in both mental health and substance abuse treatment.
Prior to joining the team here, I spent a total of three years as the Substance Abuse Specialist of an Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team, providing support for individuals with Severe and Persistent Mental Illnesses in the community. Additionally, I have worked as an inpatient therapist within the behavioral health hospital system, providing group, individual and family support and case management to those experiencing mental health crises. Following this I have worked in a private practice setting providing mental health and substance abuse treatment for 5+ years.
During my graduate work, I was able to intern with the ECU Division of Infectious Disease, providing substance abuse and mental health counseling as part of a comprehensive system of care for people living with HIV. I also interned at Harvest of Wilmington where I completed substance abuse assessments, treatment and DUI/DWI individual and group counseling.
What is stigma and how does this impact mental health/substance (ab)use treatment?
Great question! The dictionary defines stigma as “a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person.” Many of us have been taught from a young age not to talk about our mental health, that this is shameful and embarrassing….