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.
Parenting 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.
All around us, 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 know this struggle well.
When you choose me as your counselor, you have my commitment to provide a warm, supportive, and non-judgmental space for your growth. You also have my commitment to strive for cultural humility as I continually practice self-reflection and educate myself on oppression in all forms.
Above all, I believe our lives tell beautiful stories. You are the author of your story, and it is my honor to bear witness to it.
* 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.