Born and raised in North Carolina, I moved to Charlottesville to pursue a PhD in English Literature at the University of Virginia. Through a winding and circuitous journey, I attained a PhD and a passion for helping people through emotional pain—and found myself earning a Master in Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University and going on to become a licensed clinical social worker. I was excited to open my outpatient private practice in 2020.
Psychotherapy has helped me immensely in my own personal healing work. I am honored to be able to hold space for trauma survivors and others who are suffering to reduce their distress, promote self-acceptance, and support them in integrating the remarkable gifts of perspective, empathy, and growth that can be wrought by devastating life experiences.
As a person who identifies as both queer and neurodivergent, I am passionate about supporting clients as they learn to accept and cherish their whole selves. I focus on working with you to uncover and build upon your remarkable strengths—not "fixing" you, because you are not broken!
I've been fortunate to call Charlottesville home for 19 years, and I seek to serve our community from a social justice-oriented, strengths-based perspective that is attentive to every client's unique needs and goals.
Fun facts about me:
Hot yoga has been an important part of my self-care since 2010.
I'm a proud Swiftie.
I enjoy podcasts and/or audiobooks, and cooking (usually at the same time).
I also enjoy reading, journaling, and trying to keep plants alive (with mixed success).