I believe my clients are experts on themselves and that they have within them the ability to grow, change, and thrive in a safe setting. I work to uphold all clients' worth as unique people, and I believe at the core of every human is a longing to be known and valued. It is an honor and a privilege to be allowed into this space with clients.
I am especially passionate about working with teenagers. The teenage years are such an exciting time to be alive! During these years so much is changing and we often struggle to figure out exactly who we are and where we fit in our family, school, and the community. I take a supportive, energetic, and creative role with the teens I work with. I meet each client where they are and recognize this looks different for everyone. I am open to taking sessions outside for walks or creating something together in session to support the therapeutic process. I also love working with families and recognize the important role of youth within their family unit. I take an empathic yet direct approach in my family work and do not avoid the tough topics.
I am a native Floridan, born and raised, and have replaced the white sandy beaches with the white freezing snow! I moved to the Twin Cities in 2018 and love the diversity and beauty of Minnesota. When I am not at Sentier, I spend my time running, biking, sharing a meal with family and friends, enjoying a good cup of coffee, and attempting to keep my plants alive. I get energy from being outside and try to connect with the outdoors in some way every day. I also love candy, and have a reputation for having the best candy in my office! I am a passionate, all-in kind of person and I bring that to my work at Sentier and my personal life.
Bachelor’s Degree – University of Florida Gainesville, FL
Master’s Degree – University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR
Current Licensure – Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW)
Awards and Publications:
Spirit of Social Work Award – University of Arkansas, 2018
First Place Poster Presentation NASW Conference, 2018
Topic: “Trauma Exposure and the Effects on Juvenile Offending Among Youth in the U.S.”
“Economic Abuse: A Subtle but Common Form of Power and Control” published in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence
I work with individuals across the spectrum of age, race, gender, and sexual orientation.