Mental Health & Relationship Therapist
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“It is only by recognizing the shadows that we can fully appreciate the light.”
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.
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 a certified EMDR practitioner and I am currently receiving supervision to become a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist, and am a member of IAEDP (International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals). I use body awareness exercises, mindfulness, EMDR, parts work, sand-tray, and unconditional positive regard. My theoretical perspective is grounded in person-centered theories, ACT, Polyvagal theory, Internal Family Systems, HAES (Health at Every Size), Intuitive Eating, and the Adaptive Information Processing model. My theoretical perspective is grounded in person-centered theory while I also integrate techniques from ACT, Internal Family Systems, the Adaptive Information Processing model.
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!