Hello again! I’m guessing you have read my home page and are wanting to know more about my life, and education. I’ve had a great life, with many adverse life experiences that have shaped me into the human I am today. I continue to be a work in progress. Everyone has a story, so if you’re interested, I’ll tell you mine.
I grew up in Orlando and decided to stay for college. In 2012, I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatrical Design from Rollins College. I studied theatre and creative writing and never dreamed of becoming a therapist. My plan was to earn a living in design, and I got a great start working on several international projects that allowed me to travel. This was an excellent experience, but it didn’t fit with the life I had always envisioned for myself. In 2013, I started building a portfolio to apply to design school, but I experienced a few big losses in life, and found myself in a counselor’s office for the first time.
I started my own journey towards mental wellness, and the first step was unpacking a complex childhood, filled with grief and trauma. I had no idea the impact this was having on me until a counselor helped me see it for the first time. An inspirational quote from this time in my life was by Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined.” I changed my course, returned to Rollins, and completed my Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a Certificate in Marriage & Family Therapy.
I set out to learn more about myself, and wound up with an excellent education and a passion for helping people live the lives they’ve imagined. After graduation, I was hired on at my internship site. I started building a private practice on the weekends, just to get more hours for licensure. My private practice quickly filled due to several professionals referring to me, for which I will be forever grateful. I am now running a full-time private practice and business, pursuing creative writing and blog writing, and living the life I have always imagined.
In 2019, I achieved a goal 5 years in the making. I became a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. I am now a Certified EMDR Therapist and pursuing further education on complex trauma.
On the weekends, I burrow in to my cozy townhome with my dog and husband. I spend time on my patio, drinking coffee, reading, and watching the birds, and there’s always a frisbee on my lap as my dog asks me to play. It’s a good life—still very sad at times—but I’ve learned that life is full of happy and sad things. If I get to meet you, I’d like to know more about your life, and all of the happy and sad things.