I was born in the Midwest, raised in the Deep South, and am proud to call myself a full-fledged New Orleanian for the past 15 years! I have always been an insightful, thoughtful and empathic person, and am overjoyed that I found a career where I can use these qualities to help others through life’s inevitable challenges.
After graduating Magna Cum Laude from Tulane University’s Newcomb College with an undergraduate major in Cultural Anthropology, I decided to take opportunities to explore and travel, both within the United States and internationally. I have always loved learning about people, places and things beyond my roots, so I traveled various places in America, studied abroad in Spain and Italy, and even lived and worked in Dublin, Ireland for a time.
When I was ready to begin my graduate career and start my path to become a therapist, I once again settled in New Orleans. I received my Master’s Degree in Counselor Education from the University of New Orleans in 2005. Almost immediately after receiving my diploma and completing my year-long internship at Trinity Counseling and Training Center, a hurricane named Katrina swept in and changed things. In the wake of Katrina’s devastation, I landed in Chicago. I immersed myself in the Windy City for a while, living and working and making lifelong friends. But after 9 months, I was called back home to New Orleans to get to work on my counseling career.
Immediately upon returning to New Orleans from Chicago, I began working for the Metropolitan Center for Women and Children [Metro], a non-profit agency that provides important and necessary services to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse. During my three years at Metro, I had the privilege of providing counseling and advocacy to hundreds of survivors. This experience provided me with a strong foundation as a counselor and allowed me to understand the devastating effects of trauma and the strength and resiliency of trauma survivors.
Following my work at Metro, I took an opportunity to gain invaluable experience in the field of substance abuse treatment. At Odyssey House Louisiana [OHL] I provided individual and group therapy for adult clients in the residential substance abuse program. My experience at Odyssey House gave me insight into addictive disorders and how to best help people struggling in recovery.
In addition to maintaining a private practice since 2010, I have taken opportunities to complement my practice by working as a contract therapist in other settings. I spent 6 months at Creative Family Solutions in Luling, Louisiana, providing counseling and legal advocacy to adolescents referred by the court system. This position allowed me to grasp issues unique to underserved populations in rural towns. During the 2012-2013 academic year, I returned to my undergraduate Alma Mater to work as a counselor for undergraduate and graduate university students at Tulane University’s Counseling and Psychological Services center. This was an eye-opening experience and I gained true insight into the challenges students face in the current competitive arena of higher education.
Currently, I am focusing full-time on my private practice. I am excited to bring my years of experience in non-profits and other agencies to my warm, dynamic and comfortable practice located in Uptown New Orleans. I feel honored to call this strong, creative and diverse city home. I feel a deep connection to my city, a place accepting of its flaws while at the same time celebrating its willful and warm spirit. Like New Orleans, we are all flawed but strong; we are all works in progress.