The most important thing to know about me is that I am a mom to an autistic* son. Being his mother is the greatest honor of my life, which led to becoming an advocate in my community for mental health and disability rights. I listen to autistic adults in order to be the best mom and advocate I can be.
This life is also exhausting without proper self-care. I know firsthand the toll poor mental health can take on a caregiver, which then affects those we love. My life provides a rich foundation of empathy and understanding for my clients, for whom taking a few moments for themselves feels like an unattainable luxury.
Our culture has normalized stress, burnout, and exhaustion. People from all walks of life are struggling under the pressure of impossible and unsustainable expectations. Eventually, both our minds and bodies pay the price.
I help my clients uncover their strengths, build resilience, and find joy in order to live their fullest lives. I come alongside my clients as a gentle guide in their journeys to emotional and mental wellness. You are the author of your story, but I can help you write a story you love.
* I use autistic rather than “person with autism” due to the overwhelming evidence that autistics prefer this distinction.
What makes me qualified?
I received my MS in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate (LCMHCA #A15914) in North Carolina and hold national certification as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC). As a CRC, I have education and training to understand the intersection of mental health with physical, cognitive, developmental, and intellectual disabilities.
I look forward to meeting you. Reach out for a free, 20-minute strategy call.