I remember as a child being moved by a book where a little girl received physical therapy for a disability that ultimately led her to thrive again and reclaim her childhood. I held onto that desire and pursued a medical degree in undergraduate school. While getting my degree in Biology I moved into the realm of nutrition and the power of eating well and using food as medicine. I then began a graduate program in nutrition but after a short amount of time realized that it wasn’t quite the right place – I wanted to look at the issues underlying medical and eating problems. So it was a ten year journey that finally led me to beginning my masters in social work where I focused on clinical practice and eating issues/disorders. Since graduating I have continued my learning and education in studying the enneagram and integrating that into my practice. I have also been certified in EMDR to use with clients who have experienced trauma. Most recently I have completed advanced training for attachment focused EMDR under Laurel Parnell in California. This training has also given me techniques to access the body and help unlock the trauma it holds from the bottom up while talk therapy works from the top down.
I work to create a safe environment where you can come and explore the layers of beliefs, behaviors, and memories and then move towards your true self. To experience greater freedom, we look at life patterns and work together to understand and name overwhelming struggles and unnoticed strengths. I work with a variety of clients who come in with relationship issues, symptoms of anxiety or depression, issues around eating and eating disorders, childhood and family problems, and a history of trauma.
I look at each client as a whole person with your own story that has led you to where you are today. When we look at current problems, it is always in the context of your story and all the parts of your life.
Years in Practice: 16
- Completed Approved EMDR Basic Training
Approving / Certifying Organization: EMDRIA
- Attachment Disorders
- Eating Disorders
- Somatic Issues
Date completed basic EMDR training: 2006
Trainer: Francine Shapiro
Date completed EMDR Advanced Clinical Workshop and Refresher Course (Part 3): 2019
Trainer: Laurel Parnell