My own struggle with anxiety and codependency began early, rooted in dysfunctional generational patterns from my own family. I understand first-hand what it is like to feel lost, overwhelmed, and alone even in a room full of people. I have been on the other side of the therapy chair, though my first attempts at wellness were surface level. It was not until my challenges arose again as I became a wife and mother that I truly started the difficult and scary deeper work of creating and curating my own recovery.
I support adults in their journey with recovery. My specialty areas include numbing and medicating with substances or other means, codependency, anxiety, and families coping with developmental or behavioral challenges. I feel that everyone is worthy and deserving of recovery, and of living a fulfilled and connected life. I believe it is my role as a clinician to provide a compassionate, empathetic, and safe space to explore the roots of what is no longer serving you and step forward into your authentic truth. As a board-certified music therapist, I wholeheartedly believe in the power of music to transcend physical and psychological boundaries and facilitate healing. I feel strongly that our connection with creative and expressive arts allows us to share and process on a much deeper level than with words alone, so our sessions will often incorporate many types of expressive and experiential methods beyond standard talk therapy.
I completed my Master’s degree in Music Therapy at Radford University with a focus on substance abuse and mental health treatment. I am a nationally board-certified music therapy, Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist and Certified Clinical Supervisor in NC, and Advanced Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor in SC. I am also a Certified MARI Practitioner, working with the intersection of color and symbol in drawn mandala art. In my 10 years in this field, I have worked clinically in a variety of settings including outpatient substance abuse treatment, the VAMC hospital system, and in private practice with focus areas including work with adults with substance use disorders, mental health, children and adolescents with developmental and behavioral diagnoses. Work in all these capacities always includes consideration of the full family system and its impact on the recovery journey.
— What Element Do You Resonate With? —
“I am most drawn to water. It is powerful and constantly changing and evolving. It has the capacity to destroy, but also to cleanse and create space for new. Water is where I am drawn to get back to my center and find a sense of calm.”
— What’s Your Walk Out Song? —
“yellow year.” by Emmy Jo
— How To Connect —