Whether you have a particular life challenge you’re trying to overcome, or just daily stress and issues getting in the way of finding joy, we can work through it together. Sometimes, seeking help is the best way to put things into perspective. I presently see adults around various life transitions, parenting and family dynamics, LGBT, career, health issues and caregiver support. Experience in child mental health and developmental disabilities, but unable to provide direct services for youth at this time.
Prior to Covid, I served mainly South Durham--seeing clients in their home with their own animals creating more emotional support. Presently only telehealth with a possible in person session, and a very small practice.
“Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength”
I've always wanted to incorporate animals into therapeutic activities, having adopted many rescues and volunteered with APS of Durham for over 10 years.
Animal assisted therapy is typically done with the therapist's personal animal. We may include your animal companion in sessions or as a partner in improving your mental health.
I provide tele-health and do not have an office for sessions, but can discuss periodic in person.
My hope is to offer a safe space with time for you, authentic communication, maybe a bit of humor, and to support you through the challenges to find your rhythm in life—
Be proud of this step to care for yourself !!
Graduated in Psychology from the University of Illinois-Urbana
Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling California State University- Los Angeles, focusing on employment, ADA and increasing independence for individuals with disabilities.
25 years experience including mental health and physical disabilities/medical rehabilitation.
15 years in public mental health and developmental disabilities
Private practice started 2018.
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor (LCMHC-S) 2014
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) 2004
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) 2018
Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) 1999-2019
Animal Assisted Psychotherapist--certification in process
Our individual sessions are driven by your goals and needs. I try to create an environment of trust, open communication and some humor to help you feel comfortable. I use a variety of techniques but more importantly I will listen and help guide you through whatever decisions and stuggles you need support.
Animal Assisted Therapy is a type of therapy that involves animals into the treatment. The goal is to improve client’s social, emotional, or cognitive functioning. Animals can bring us such joy and peace, but can also teach us about ourselves and assist us in learning tools to cope with stress. Animals regularly participate in therapeutic activities to improve confidence and for relaxation. For our sessions clients can have their animal with them for support in their own home.
For potential LCMHC in individual sessions or in pairs--On Hold until 2024
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Animal Assisted Therapy
LGBT 🏳️🌈 🏳️⚧️
Insurance accepted: Cigna, Aetna, BCBS of NC, and United Healthcare/Optum/UMR.
I also accept private pay.
I am unable to serve individuals who are Medicaid--eligible due to a professional conflict.
$150-200 per hour
Durham, NC, 27713
(Mid 2024 new location in Hendersonville NC 28739)