More About Me and My Practice

After graduating from the University of Colorado in 2000 with a Degree in Music (French Horn), I knew that I didn't want to be a classical musician, but I wasn't sure of my professional path. I come from a family of teachers and the concept of public service was ingrained in me as a necessary imperative. With that in mind, I moved to Austin to work as an AmeriCorps VISTA at the nonprofit now known as The SAFE Alliance. I missed the mountains, but Austin was the best place I'd ever lived! It was at SAFE that I met inspiring professionals impacting change in their community and realized that this is what I was looking for in a career. I sought a social work graduate degree and  graduated from the University of Texas School of Social Work with a Masters of Science in Social Work in 2004. My area of study was clinical with the goal of providing therapeutic direct services, but I was drawn to the social justice values of the social work profession. Since graduation, I've practiced in the field of child welfare and later specialized in therapy with adolescents and families in psychiatric, addiction, and school settings (my favorite!). I later received specialized training working with adults and parents who have experienced trauma. I'm also raising two children, which serves to inspire me to work with other parents.

I love my work and consider it a gift to be present with clients through life's struggles and opportunities for self-growth. My approach is strengths-based and Relational, while also rooted in mindfulness skill-building, attachment theory, and interpersonal neurobiology.  I have my own meditation practice and bring this focus into client sessions. My training includes Brainspotting to address trauma and I am DEEP-trained (Dynamic Enriched Experiential Psychotherapy). Most importantly, I value connecting with clients in a safe, nurturing, and respectful environment.

Social workers, such as myself, subscribe to a professional set of ethics and conduct. For more information about the standards by which I hold myself, please see the Texas Social Work Code of Conduct.