Owner & therapist
*Now accepting new clients*
I grew up all over the county & then went to school in the Boston area. I loved my time at Holy Cross and Boston College but when I had enough of the winters, the high rent, and 5th floor walk up apartment, I moved south to be closer to my family. I've loved living in Charlotte since 2000. I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in individual therapy for adults and have maintained a private practice in the Elizabeth neighborhood since 2009.
You come to therapy to face hard truths in your life and learn better ways to handle them. Maybe you find yourself repeating the same patterns, having the same interactions, or feeling a certain way about yourself. I balance truth and tact, giving genuine feedback. I have over 20 years of experience helping adults overcome depression, anxiety, and life stress. Sometimes you're depressed & sometimes your life is depressing-usually it's some of both. I address both, helping you change the way you think, act, & feel, while also looking at your whole life situation, environment, lifestyle, friends & stressors.
I strongly support the recovery model; I help people overcome challenges and not just manage them. Who wants to just "manage" depression? You can manage feelings better in the moment but you also want to understand the root causes of them and make meaningful changes; you don't have to let your feelings control you.
There's a huge difference between existing, living, and thriving! How many of us are actually living?? Looking at this means that you want to live and thrive more and you believe that change is possible (yea!)- 2 gigantic steps to improving your life.
I had a paralyzing fear of public speaking until I joined Toastmasters in 2010. I went from being terrified every time I spoke in public to entering speech contests and competing at the state level! I wrote a cartoon book about humor in social work and love presenting to large groups. If I can do it, you can too! Let me help you overcome your fears and challenge yourself
For "fun" I entered a speaking event in which we each presented 20 slides for 20 seconds each. It was one of my largest audiences, 350 people at the Neighborhood Theater: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYRfXCQDIJo
A little more from me: