Growing up is not easy, especially these days. Children and adolescents face both peer and academic pressures, changes in their family, the onset of hormones in youth and the ever-present challenge of managing their emotions. The potential issues and large feelings may be difficult for many children and adolescents to understand and process.
Research shows that children are more resilient when facing stressors and life’s challenges when they have the tools to manage their emotions, can communicate their needs effectively, and can form and maintain healthy relationships. Research also shows that children greatly benefit from having adults in their lives who make them feel heard, seen, supported, and safe. It is my ultimate goal to support children and adolescents in their journey of becoming more resilient by forming a strong therapeutic relationship while utilizing evidence-based interventions.
I have experience working directly with at-risk youth as a shelter care worker and case management at The Ark for Youth Shelter in Kalamazoo, as well as Kalamazoo Public schools after school program Peace House. Additionally I have worked in early childhood schools and foster care licensing.
My interests include working with early childhood, youth, and adolescents with self-esteem issues, anxiety, depression, ADHD, and aggression through neurodiversity affirming and trauma informed play therapy.
I utilize cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, play therapy, executive function coaching strategies, and mindfulness strategies.
Thank you for allowing me to join your journey. It is my honor and privilege to have the chance to support and guide you!
Bachelors in Family Studies & a Minor in Social Work
Western Michigan University
Masters in Social Work
What is your ultimate wish for every client?
My wish for my clients is that they feel they are in a safe space, as well as they feel heard and valued when seeking therapy with me.
What is your favorite quote?
“It’s a good day to have a good day.” – Ben Francia
Who is someone who inspires you?
What is your favorite self-help book?
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
Why did you decide to become a mental health professional?
From the time I was little, I knew I wanted to work with children and help people. My own experiences have led me to want to be an outside source for these children, youth and families.
What is your favorite thing about your job?
The best part of my job is meeting children and families where they’re at to provide them with the skills they need to be successful. As well as knowing that I’m helping them in some way.