My work with adolescents and families started in the field of education teaching at-risk teens and coordinating a high school alternative program. Listening to my students personal challenges and supporting them to achieve life goals inspired me to attain my masters degree in counseling psychology. This led me to a career in a middle school as a school counselor.
Over my lifetime, I have used yoga and mindfulness as a way to improve my own mental health and to cope with personal challenges. When finding talk therapy to not be effective, or in just wanting to try a new way to heal internal wounds, holistic methods can assist people of all ages to explore ways to build resiliency and find peace in their lives. I have found this to be true for myself and the individuals I have worked with.
In 2017, I become certified as a 200 hour registered yoga and mindfulness instructor. I also received certification in trauma informed yoga practices. I have used my training to teach self-regulation strategies, executive functioning techniques, stress management for anxiety and depression issues and coping skills for traumatic experiences (grief/loss, relationship concerns, family change, etc.). In using a holistic approach, I take into consideration the wellness of each person’s mind, body and spirit.
To bridge my two passions, I am currently working on my certification to become a Yoga/Holistic Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor. This allows me to use a variety of therapeutic approaches, including cognitive behavioral therapy, somatic/body-centered therapies, trauma informed care, positive psychology, stress reduction and relaxation methods.
I look forward to helping adolescents and adults overcome personal challenges and tap into their own resiliency in order to live healthy and peaceful lives. Life is hard enough, take a break from the noise. You deserve it!