It took me a little while to figure out what I really wanted to do with my life. In fact, I'm always working on new dreams! I first went to graduate school for sociology, which I think helps me so much now doing counseling because it gives me unique insight into privilege, prejudice, and power relations, which all affect our individual standing in society.
After graduation, I worked in research, first developing new support programs for parents with children with special needs, then developing new treatment programs for people struggling with mental health concerns and substance use.
The trouble was that I felt a little powerless in research because day to day, I did not see the difference I was making in others' lives! I decided to go back to school for a second Master's degree to be able to provide treatment for individuals looking for help with mental health concerns and I now love the work I do. I am passionate about helping others learn to help themselves. Connection and empowerment are only a couple of the values I try to instill in my clients.
In my free time, I love spending time with my husband, kids, and friends. I love lifting weights, kayaking, painting furniture, and travelling in the U.S. and abroad.