Through my experiences as a licensed clinical social worker, I feel I have truly discovered that as human beings we are all works in progress. Our life experiences shape us in extraordinary ways; however, sometimes we develop ways of coping with those experiences that are not beneficial to our journey. My passion has became creating a safe and accepting environment for my clients to begin to truly unravel some of the more difficult or troublesome patterns of their thoughts and behaviors in order to promote a positive relationship with themselves and with others.
I began my experience in mental health while working on my bachelor's degree in Psychology at the University of Evansville. I completed an internship at a substance abuse treatment center and began working as a mental health technician there when I began my masters program at the University of Southern Indiana. Since obtaining my masters degree, I have gained experience working with a variety of clinical concerns:
Grief and Loss
Postpartum Mood Disorders
The process of healing is not linear; therefore, I have found it is important to work collaboratively with my clients in order to establish goals for treatment and identify areas of growth. Because of this, I also utilize skills from a variety of evidenced-based approaches including Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Seeking Safety, Mindfulness and many others. I also have enjoyed utilizing Community Reinforcement and Family Training to assist family members of individuals struggling with addiction issues. My main goal in my practice is to create a safe, accepting environment to promote growth and healing.
Personally, I was born and raised in Merrillville, Indiana. I obtained my Bachelor’s in Psychology at the University of Evansville and my Master’s in Social Work at the University of Evansville. I worked at Stepping Stone in Evansville with a population of clients struggling with both addiction and mental health concerns for approximately 5 years. I have lived in Indianapolis for the last 2 years after my husband and I made the decision to move closer to family. We live with our beautiful one year old son and our two dogs. Primarily, I enjoy anything and everything that allows me to be outside, particularly walking and/or hiking with my family. Otherwise I enjoy chasing my toddler around our home, reading, cleaning and swimming. My husband and I are both therapists and we view mental health to be as important as physical health. As a result, I have participated in therapy off and on throughout my life to better manage personal issues and continue working on myself as an individual and a professional. I look forward to meeting you and building a partnership centered on helping you make progress towards your goals.