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, 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. I favor a person-centered, cognitive-behavioral approach, although I enjoy incorporating other modalities according to the client’s disposition.
* 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.
Where is my office?
We are conveniently located on highway 54, just off of I-40.
5015 Southpark Drive, Ste. 240
Durham, NC 27713
Feel free to reach out for a complimentary, 15-minute consultation.