I hold the degree of Master of Social Work from Smith College in Massachusetts, where my concentration was in the area of Clinical Social Work. I am licensed in the State of North Carolina as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (#C009323). My experience in clinical social work and psychotherapy, as of August 2018, consists of nearly 8 years of direct practice experience (2 years during graduate school, 6 years post-graduate).
I believe that we have all of the tools in us already to make the change we desire. Therapy can serve to identify and access those qualities. I am a licensed clinical social worker located in Durham, NC, offering therapy to adolescents and adults of all ages.
I was raised in the mountains of Brevard, NC—Land of the Waterfalls and white squirrels. I have lived up and down the East coast, volunteering in varying capacities, attending school, and working in the field of clinical social work. I have traveled all over, from the rural Caribbean to China. While I have made vast improvements in my recovery and gained knowledge in the field, I feel that the most rewarding experiences and growth have come from the relationships that I have cultivated with other people, travelers, patients, and their families.
Outside of my practice, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our 2 dogs & cat, and I’m kind of a gym rat.
I am intrigued with the idea of evolution and change. Our ability, as human beings, to adapt when necessary and apply these changes to the circumstances of our lives is transcendent. Through the recoveries of fellow patients and my own, I have witnessed the power of latent character traits and abilities. I have seen people's capacity to step outside themselves, float up to the ceiling, look down, realize that they can change, and change.
“Make a tiny hole with your mouth and see how long you can make the ‘ssss’ sound,” the therapist said. “Remember, you want to get up to five seconds.” “Ssss”—two seconds, two, three, four, four… five. That was the beginning of my recovery. I had lost language and had to learn all over again, to shape my mouth to form words. I've reshaped my entire life, and I, as a therapist, will help other's reshape theirs.