LMSW, Clinical Social Worker
Finding the right therapist is an important part of therapy and can make all the difference. I hope this information will let you know a little bit more about me, what I do, how/why I do it and why I’m great at it! If you feel we would be a good fit, then please contact us to schedule an appointment.
Why Be a Therapist?
Since I was in elementary school, I was always told that I was that friend that would listen to all the secrets and keep them locked in the vault. I developed the empathy and compassion that is so necessary to be the best therapist I can be. Growing up, mental health was something that I felt was never talked about enough in our society, so I decided that I wanted to enter this profession as a way to give people a voice when they feel they aren’t being heard. With all of the events that have happened in our world these last several years, I want to provide a place that feels safe and peaceful to work through all the emotions that come with it. I absolutely love what I do, and could never see myself doing anything else. Every person’s journey is different, and I love being able to be a part of someone’s healing and growing process!
What Kind of Therapist Am I?
My approach as a therapist is open-minded, compassionate, and patient. I strive to develop an interpersonal therapeutic relationship that is easy-going and feels like talking with a close friend. That being said, I will also push you to challenge negative self-talk, see things from different perspectives, and encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and explore new ways to better yourself and your relationships with others.
I work best with individuals who are motivated and ready to take the next steps in making positive changes in their lives. We’ll discuss new tools, coping mechanisms, problem solving skills, emotions, and psychoeducation that will help you gain a better understanding of what you are feeling, thinking, and experiencing in your day to day life. In my work with children, my goals are to help your child develop coping mechanisms, emotion regulation skills, emotion identification, prosocial behaviors with peers, and healthy habits that they can carry with them as they grow. I also will work closely with your family to create better communication and understanding of one another to promote healthy and positive relationships within the family unit. In order to assist in the healing journey, I also love to hear all about what makes you, you! My office is your space to share about your family, friends, significant others, children, and favorite things and activities, because sharing the deep experiences of your life are not the only things that encompass who you are. Each person is the expert of their own mind and body, and I strive to create an environment where you never feel dismissed or alone. I specialize in a number of different areas, including ADHD, complex trauma, child therapy, interpersonal relationships, life changes, anxiety & depression across all ages, and women’s issues. I enjoy being able to work with different populations in order to continue to grow and learn, just like the people I work with!
Our clinic is 100% accepting of all cultures, religions, gender identities, and sexual orientations. We strive each day to promote the freedom for people to make choices for their own lives, social justice, dignity, and respect towards one another and everyone that walks through our door.
What Makes Me Qualified?
I received my formal education from Wayne State University, both for my bachelors degree and Masters in Social Work. I graduated with my masters in 2020 with a school social work certification and family systems theory concentration. I am trained extensively in cultural competence, complex trauma, art therapy as an intervention, and ADHD evaluation and treatment. While I’ve only had my Masters degree since 2020, I’ve been working with children and families for almost a decade. I started off as a classroom assistant at Merrill Palmer Early Childhood Center in Detroit, an NAEYC accredited early childhood program, where I worked for four years and developed a deep understanding of the importance of mental health intervention at a young age. In my last year at MPSI, I simultaneously worked as a Senior Youth Specialist at Common Ground Sanctuary, where I worked with teens and preteens going through crisis and became trained in identifying and preventing human trafficking in youth (and adults). I completed my masters level internship at Stepanski Early Childhood Center in Waterford, where I learned the ins and outs of the IEP and 504 process, early signs of ADHD identification and evaluation, along with classroom intervention for children that were struggling with emotion dysregulation and trauma. My time in school ended when the COVID-19 pandemic started in March of 2020, and I was recruited to join a private practice to work one-on-one with children and teens. I joined the Luna Health team in February of 2021.
While I loved my time in the classroom, I have found that the private practice setting is where I feel I can make the most difference in the lives of others. Private practice allowed me to expand my scope of practice to more than just children and families, along with continuing my education into areas that I may never have gotten to discover otherwise.
When I’m Not Working?
When I am not working, I spend my time creating a life that I love. I have two beautiful huskies that are my entire world, and we enjoy going on year-round hikes around Michigan and spending summers at the beach. I love spending time with my friends and family, and enjoy taking trips to new places with the people I love. I find that I also love learning new things and have taken up crocheting and discovering new board games as my most recent hyperfixations, but have always been passionate about painting, reading, and video games. I am an avid Star Wars fan and could talk about the series for hours! I am always game for a deep philosophical discussion on the traumas and tribulations of the Skywalker family. Like what I encourage the people I work with, I am working towards prioritizing self-care and making sure that I get the rest and compassion that I strive to put back out into the world. Making sure I take good care of myself is key to being a support for others!
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