Our therapists are trained or are training in a variety of therapeutic modalities and perspectives, including but not limited to, Internal Family Systems, Person- Centered, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Trauma Focused, Feminist, Existential, Eclectic, Metaphysical and Multicultural approaches. We are constantly learning, training, and offering more to better serve our clients. We hope to offer EMDR by the end of the year too!
Meet our Licensed Therapists and Residents who provide outpatient therapy
I have a very unique and varied background. I started my career as a middle and high school french teacher and did that for over 8 years. I have worked with teenagers and adults for the majority of my career. I have sat in many IEP meetings as both a teacher and Mental Health professional. When I switched to mental health, I was able to work in most areas of mental health. I have been an intensive home counselor, a support coordinator, a therapist, and for a crisis prevention, stabilization, and education program/hotline for those with Autism and ID. I have a good understanding and working relationship with emergency services. I have also worked in inpatient addiction programs, helped facilitate various addiction and mental health groups, and worked with individuals, families, and more. I am also a former “marine brat” and I have lived all over the world. I believe this has helped me to see the world from all sorts of different perspectives.
A little about me: I graduated with a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and I am currently a Resident in Counseling. I have worked with all populations and various cultures. I believe in equality. I am trans-affirming, poly/kink allied as well as sex worker allied.
I’m also part of the LGBTQIA+ community. I utilize an integrative approach to best help my clients which include trauma-informed if applicable and I’m also seeking a deeper knowledge of Internal Family Systems (IFS) modality.
I would describe myself as kind, goofy, eclectic, and an out-of-the-box kind of thinker. I approach all facets of life with an open-mind and I’m super easy going, a go-with-the-flow kind of person. I love utilizing quotes and metaphors to help make sense of things. I also speak in lyrics because I love all music genres.
I want to walk in this journey with you and want to learn what it is like to walk in your metaphorical shoes. People are unique, and we can learn remarkable things from all our
interactions. Individuals all have something to share and want to be seen and heard. I also believe people possess the necessary tools to live happy fulfilling lives, and I can act as a guide to get them where they want to be. I hold the mirror so that you can truly see yourself and learn to love yourself. Therapy can be scary and taking steps to change one’s life can also be a challenge but, I will be with you throughout this journey by creating a space where you can feel truly heard, seen, and never judged.
I am a Resident in Counseling with 8 years of experience in the mental health field. I have experience working in all clinical settings. I have worked with clients from ages 5-65. I am passionate about serving those in need in her community and am culturally sensitive as well as LGBTQ+ affirming. I completed my Master of Arts in clinical mental health counseling from Liberty University. I have worked extensively with both adults and children. I am open to working with a variety of age ranges and populations and am extremely client-centered, meeting the client where they are on their healing journey. Mental health matters. I seek to walk alongside my clients in their healing journey and realize healing is not a linear process. I am confident that I would be able to support you on your mental health journey and bring an eclectic approach to therapy. I also understand therapy is not a one fits all approach. I have attended therapy myself as well as have seen therapeutic interventions work on the lives of my loved ones. I wanted to give back to my community since I was young from my volunteer work throughout my life to now working in the mental health field. I have always enjoyed working with people and give my strong empathy skills to the work I do each day. I wish all clients knew that healing is not linear and mental health matters. I am a strong advocate for mental health and social justice awareness and believe mental health is just as important as physical health. I believe everyone can benefit from having a therapist because it is always helpful to have an unbiased third party to talk to even if it is just about how your day went. One doesn’t have to be in crisis to seek out a therapist or to prioritize their mental health.
As a person centered and trauma focused therapist, I enjoy helping others who are seeking growth, recovery and healing. I have experience working with children, adolescents and adults struggling with depression, grief, anxiety, mood disorders, and other co-occurring issues through a trauma lens. I use different treatment modalities that are the most appropriate for the client‘s presenting needs. My journey is unusual, I grew up in Paris and moved to the US when I was 22. I traveled in many countries and being from another country helps me appreciate cultural differences. I went back to school to get my bachelor in psychology at Mary Washington University then my master in social work at VCU and got my License Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in 2013. I have more than20 years of experience in the helping profession. From wrap around to 7 years providing intensive counseling in home services for families in crisis to working in the school setting with middle and high schoolers providing counseling and crisis management. My passion is to help others grow and heal the wounds. I enjoy helping clients understand the impact of their history/trauma and attachment history on their present level of functioning and relating to others.
During my residency, my goal is to provide you unwavering support as you navigate life’s challenges and the grief that comes with them. Grief, often associated with death-related loss, also extends to other forms of loss. We mourn relationships, marriages, jobs, homes, and more – even parts of ourselves. I will offer you a safe space to share any pain that can accompany loss and to ask questions about the grieving process. I will also create with you the tools to develop and achieve therapeutic goals as you continue to walk your path. There is life after loss, and we will get there together.
My journey as a therapist began at James Madison University, where I initially struggled to bridge my love for the arts and my psychology studies. The “lightbulb” moment arrived during a “Arts in Healthcare” workshop, introducing me to the world of Expressive Arts Therapies (EATs). Students and professionals alike were guided through interventions designed to build trust, connection, and communication through art. Taking a leap into the unknown, I realized that the creative outlets from my childhood – painting, dancing, singing – held healing power.
My education continued at Lesley University in their Clinical Mental Health Counseling master’s program. Immersing myself in Expressive Arts Therapies’ theories and applications, I learned how the fusion of the EATs with conventional therapeutic approaches equips the individual with a unique set of coping skills and avenues of communication. Since graduating, I’ve had the honor of supporting families in end-of-life care and hospice. In addition to individual counseling, I’ve enjoyed running support groups both for adults and children utilizing art for communication and processing. At Phases Therapy, I am branching out to provide support for individuals and couples desiring counseling for relationship issues.
Whether you find healing through art or through words, I look forward to walking alongside you as you navigate this phase.