Welcome! I don’t think I have ever formally introduced myself on the blog and with a few minutes on my hands, I thought it would be a nice break from paperwork to check in. I don’t blog often and I am not sure if anyone actually reads these, anyway!
I grew up in a small town in Georgia (near Atlanta!) and loved moving to a bigger town for college, Athens, GA. Athens was eccentric and a great change from the small southern town I grew up in. After graduating with a degree in Psychology, I honestly had no idea what I wanted to do. I ended up with an internship at a treatment facility for young males and learned a ton. This experience segued me into a job in Chattanooga working in the homes of at risk kids. It was a super enriching experience but I often felt like I did not have enough skills to be effective so off I went to graduate school.
Graduate school was great because it was a small and intimate program and I really got to know my professors and colleagues. After interning at a community mental health center, I joined Parkridge Valley Hospital as direct care staff and then as a therapist. There, I worked with the most at risk population of kids in DCS custody.
After getting engaged and moving to Knoxville, I spent time working at a foster care agency and was able to really delve into learning about trauma and its affects on our brains and our bodies.
Now that I am in private practice, I get to meet and know the most amazing group of people. I am grateful that people feel comfortable sharing their story with me and feel safe enough to express themselves so deeply. I absolutely do not take my job lightly and work hard to build deep and meaningful relationships with all of my clients.
Seeing clients and watching them grow, through college or marriages or parenthood, is an absolute joy and I feel so honored to be a part of their healing journey.
One thing I am very excited about this next year, is that I will be starting a Yoga Teacher Training. I am stoked to being to incorporate Yoga and concepts of Yoga into my daily practice. My big dream is to teach Yoga classes that focus on our minds just as much as our bodies.
My family is very special to me and I enjoy sharing about them as well. I have a 5 year old son and an almost one year old daughter. I am so proud to be their Mom. My husband is pretty awesome, too. He is an ultra marathoner and is training for his first 100K!
I hope to meet you soon and be a part of your journey to healing. I look forward to hearing from you!