I'm a people-person! I want to talk about what's under the surface in any given conversation. And, I'm often blown away by the transformative work that my clients do with me. I consider it a great honor to do this work. Along with compassion, I show up with respect, awe and excitement throughout this process.
I grew up within a family of healers, on a farm in a rural community. My father started practicing "alternative" medicine as a psychiatrist in the 80's. I was hooked from a young age on the power of our mind and bodies to lead us in the right direction when we step out of the traditional "boxes" that we sometimes call "home." There is so much that we think we need to keep, that we can actually release; so many resources inside us, even when we are sure they don't exist; so many possibilities for our future, even when it seems impossible for change to occur.
These beliefs propelled me to learn more about engaging our right-brain to effect long-lasting changes. I chose a career path that has allowed me to focus on how we can access the insight and wisdom living deep inside our bodies, often outside of our conscious awareness, that feels hard to reach - to make sense of really tough stuff for which we sometimes don't have words - and to release emotions that have lived in us for, potentially, a very long time. I have a Master of Science Degree in Music Therapy with an emphasis in Counseling Psychology from Radford University. I provide trauma informed solution-focused depth psychotherapy primarily through a powerful technique called the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM), intertwining Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and other modalities of creative arts therapies when helpful. I am a lifelong learner always interested in growing and widening my thinking. I can't get enough information about integrative and transpersonal forms of psychology.
Along with learning about people and how we all operate, I love traveling, being in nature, cooking, playing music, and spending time with family and friends. Before settling in Asheville in 2011, I lived and worked in Montreal, Phoenix, Philadelphia, Providence, and Durham. I have a deep passion for building community support and wellness. Most recently, along with my private practice, I worked as the Director of Patient/Family Support and Grief Services for a local Hospice organization.