The “golden hour”, a time of day directly after sunrise and before sunset is characterized by bright rays of sunshine, but also long shadows. The “golden hour” can be used a metaphor for those entering therapy. The process of therapy will bring issues to the surface that seem dark and difficult, but these shadows serve to make the bright (sunshine) moments that much more warming and enlightening.
“It is only by recognizing the shadows that we can fully appreciate the light.”
I strive to create a safe space in counseling where people can fully delve into their shadows; while also reflecting the brightness they experience as they integrate these shadows and move towards their goal of ideal self. I support clients in this process by conveying warmth, encouragement, and relatability. I pride myself on connecting with clients through straightforward and open dialogue about what brought them to counseling and what I can offer them as a therapist. I enjoy working with all ages and presenting problems although individuals who have experienced trauma, and those struggling with disordered eating and self-image issues are my passion. I am currently pursuing a specialty as an eating disorder therapist and working towards certification as an EMDR practitioner. My theoretical perspective is grounded in person-centered theory while I also integrate techniques from cognitive behavioral therapy, attachment theory, and body-awareness practices.
I received my masters in mental health counseling from the University of Arkansas. I have worked with young adults in a collegiate setting, children and teens in a residential facility for those struggling with maladaptive sexual behaviors, and most recently, with students and their families in the junior high and high school setting. I am also certified as a 500hr. Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT). These experiences and trainings have encouraged me to view my clients from a holistic perspective, considering all aspects of life that impact treatment, and through that awareness supporting them in creating lasting change!