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.
Prior to finding my calling as a counselor, I taught English 101, Academic Research and Writing, at North Carolina State University. Love of classical rhetoric, beautiful words, and captivating storytelling runs deep in my veins. During those years I had a singular goal for my students: To provide tools to help them think critically, evaluate sources scrupulously, and become excellent communicators in order to be good citizens.
As a counselor, I still provide tools. I help my clients uncover their strengths and sometimes even their forgotten or buried desires, in order to live their fullest lives. I come alongside my clients as a gentle guide in their journeys to emotional and mental wellness. I favor a person-centered, cognitive-behavioral approach, although I enjoy incorporating other modalities according to the client’s disposition.
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) 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 use autistic rather than “person with autism” due to the overwhelming evidence that autistics prefer this distinction.