I find myself honored to do this work – to meet people profoundly in the midst of their wonderings and questionings, to be able to hold space for emotional experiencing, to travel alongside people doing the hard work of living fully. I want people to feel fully welcome in my presence, and then, eventually, through that process, to be able to feel welcome in their own presence. I am committed to creating a space in which my clients no longer have to feel alone with their painful emotions.
I am moved by my clients each day, value these relationships greatly, and believe that powerful healing comes through the relationship and the “here-and-now” experience in the room. I like language and music, questioning and spiritual seeking, and humor and playfulness, and I often weave these elements into my work with clients. I like looking at what’s already working, and looking at how to increase that. I seek to stay mindful of holding the balance between both providing gentle support of wherever the client may currently be, and challenging the client to keep moving toward what they want to become.
I have worked in the social services and counseling field since 2003, in inpatient and intensive outpatient psychiatric settings, supportive housing, foster care, school and residential treatment settings, and in private practice.
I hold a Master of Science in Social Work degree from the University of Texas at Austin (2006), and and a B.A in English with a minor in psychology from Southwestern University. I have formal training in DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and in DEEP (Dynamic Enriched Experiential Therapy) . I am licensed by the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners to practice therapy as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and am bound by this licensure and by my own value system to maintain a rigorously ethical practice and seek ongoing training and education.
With the exception of a year in New York City and a year in rural California, I have lived in Austin since I was 3 years old. I live in south Austin with my garden-whiz husband and two beautiful sons, our exuberant dog, and a handful of chickens. I like to play the piano and knit, practice yoga and go for hikes, and try to stay mindful in the fullness of life (but it takes a lot of practice).