I believe people are experts in their lives and so I meet them where they are, in the moment....
That is why I offer a warm, welcoming, and non-judgmental environment for children, teens, adults, and families in which to safely explore life challenges, to heal, and to grow.
I draw from multiple treatment approaches including but not limited to Relational and Person-centered, Cognitive Behavioral, Acceptance and Commitment (ACT), Dialectical Behavior (DBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS) and always through a trauma focused lens.
I bring seven years experience in counseling and over twenty years as an Advocate for children, teens, adults, and families exposed to and/or struggling with mental illness, substance abuse, and/or domestic and sexual violence in any stage of their healing.
Grief and loss
Parenting and family Issues
For 24 years, I have worked in the intersecting fields of mental health, domestic and sexual violence, and child and family policy advocacy. I have worked directly with children, teens, adults, and families exposed to and/or struggling with depression, anxiety, substance abuse, trauma, and violence.
Originally from the South, I received my graduate degree in Counseling from The University of Memphis in 2005. I was a 2008 recipient of the Visionary Voice advocacy award from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center and in 2006 was selected as one of the “Women Who Make a Difference” in Memphis Woman magazine in 2011, In 2011, I moved to Vermont where I fell in love with its outdoor culture and way of life as a great place to live with my partner and raise our daughter, dogs, cats, and ducks. In 2016, having worked for organizations in leadership positions for fifteen years, I returned to my roots, direct care, and it is there I practice meaningful work.
I have authored “Child Care and Education in Vermont", an article in Boston Federal Reserve Bank 2015 Winter Issue of Communities and Banking. I have also co-authored additional publications including: 2015 How Are Vermont’s Young Children & Families? Report; 2014 How Are Vermont’s Young Children? Report; and the 2010 article, “Child Well-Being as a Policy Development Framework,” in Big Ideas: Game-Changers for Children by First Focus, a nonpartisan advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C.
What To Expect At Your First Visit
Our first session allows you the chance to get an idea about what it will be like
working together and also for you to understand your privacy rights,
our practice guidelines, and roles and responsibilities in our partnership.
So you know, I accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield, MVP, Cigna, United Healthcare, Aetna, and Medicaid insurance but I also accept cash, health savings accounts, and credit card payments.
My hourly rate is $120 but I offer a sliding scale based on income.
My office is at 206 Commerce Street, Hinesburg, Vermont.