I absolutely love working with people from all backgrounds and cultures. This passion for people drew me to the social work profession at an early age. In my life, social work provides the perfect avenue to affect positive change in the lives of individuals and in our world. I hold a Doctorate in Social Work (PhD) from Washington University in St. Louis and a Masters in Social Work (MSW) from New York University. I am also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the states of Missouri and Tennessee, and I have over 12 years of clinical experience.
Before beginning my doctoral work, I worked as a therapist at St. Francis of Assisi Counseling Center in New York City, focusing on issues related to spirituality and women's empowerment. During my time in New York, I also had the privilege of working in hospice care and in cancer centers, assisting individuals and families with the process of illness, grief, and loss. These experiences helped me to understand the beauty and fragility of human life, and the importance of love and connection as central to the human experience.
I currently run my own private counseling practice where I provide counseling to clients on a range of issues. I love offering online sessions, which provide accessibility, convenience, and ease of access to clients wherever they are in life. I am honored to accompany my clients on their journey toward transformation and wholeness.
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I was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri and currently reside in Nashville, Tennessee. Yoga and jogging both make me feel centered and energized, and I love engaging in activities that connect the mind and body. I am a musician and spend much of my time writing, singing, and playing piano, which helps me to infuse creative expression into my work with clients. Culture and travel are also central to who I am, and I speak a good bit of Portuguese after working in Mozambique for a number of years.
I think it's also important to note that spirituality intrigues and fuels me. As I've grown and journeyed, my understanding of faith has morphed a million times, but this desire to keep seeking has remained ever-present. Despite all of my questions, fears, and failures, I've always known that I am part of a larger, more encompassing love. And because of my culture and inheritance, this has historically been framed for me through the lens of the Christian faith. I also have a daily meditation practice in the Vipassana tradition, which grounds and centers me. I love working with all people regardless of religion, race, creed, or culture, and I have no hidden agenda or desire to proselytize. I say all of this simply to attend to the fact that issues of faith have been so formative for me, and this is the reason that much of my blog content wrestles with issues of spirituality. I don't have all of the answers, but I invite you to journey with me.