I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and have worked in mental health treatment services for over 17 years. I received my Master’s degree in Art Therapy and Clinical Counseling from Southwestern College in Santa Fe, NM. I have a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree from Webster University in St. Louis, MO. I was born and raised in St. Louis, MO, where I currently reside with my husband and 2 kids.
Prior to co-founding Lumen Wellness & Counseling, I was a therapist in the Women’s Reproductive Mental Health and Wellness program at St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute, where I specialized in the treatment of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs) for individuals seeking support during pregnancy and in the postpartum season. Before that I was the creator and sole therapist for a Mother Baby Intensive Outpatient Program at Mercy Hospital. This program provided intense group psychotherapy and psychiatric support to both pregnant and postpartum women and their families who were experiencing severe difficulties transitioning into motherhood. I also have advanced certification in the treatment of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders and I value the opportunity I have been given to journey with women and families as they move towards healing.
In addition to my interest in treating perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, I also enjoy working with individuals who struggle with depression, generalized anxiety, relationship issues, life transitions, grief and loss, parenting a disabled child, attachment/bonding and stress management/self-care. I am trained in art therapy and enjoy implementing creative strategies for self-expression when appropriate. I have years of both psychiatric inpatient and outpatient experience as a mental health therapist, as well as licensure supervisory experience.
I am passionate about empowering those I work with to be accountable to themselves for the changes they want to create in their lives. I believe it is my role to hold space for those struggling, so they may feel seen and heard. I work to meet my clients where they are and to help them set intentional goals for their growth and overall wellness. I have a very honest, person centered approach and will collaborate with you to tailor our time together to best meet your individual needs. As your therapist, I will create a safe space for you to process whatever “shows up” in your life that needs time, attention and navigating. Change can be scary and overwhelming for many, but in my experience there is no growth or healing without change. The process of transformation is often a messy experience and I feel strongly that you were never meant to do this work alone. I am not interested in making your decisions for you, but I do however, commit to offering you a new perspective and will perhaps, teach you a thing or two along the way…I look forward to the journey!