My journey to this work hasn’t been direct, but each step has contributed to where I am today. I began my professional life as counselor and case manager working with women and children fleeing domestic and sexual abuse. I am an ordained United Methodist pastor who I served for 12 years in local churches, walking alongside families across the entire lifespan from birth to death and through every sort of challenge and transition. Almost 16 years of foster and adoptive parenting led to my interest in trauma, grief, and loss. In 2019, I joined the team at the Duke Clergy Health Initiative researching evidence-based interventions for stress and burnout for clergy, stepping away briefly to pursue counseling licensure. While in graduate school, I had the privilege of spending time working alongside counselors in a school setting and gained valuable insight into the world young people face each day. Now, working in a clinical setting, I appreciate the ability to slow the pace, listen deeply, and integrate the various threads of my past into professional wisdom that can be share with others.
My family lives in Durham, NC. I am parent to two boys, now themselves navigating the challenges of adolescence. I understand the challenges that face parents who seek the best for their children while carrying the weight of what their future may hold. When I’m not working, you will probably find me reading a book, out on a run, advocating for strong public schools, or gathering people on my back porch in my own messy, complicated, and emergent life!
I meet clients right where they are, with compassion, warmth, and a little bit of humor. I work to de-stigmatize seeking support for the challenges clients face. My goal is a collaborative relationship that allows you to recognize and build on your strengths towards healing. My approach to counseling is shaped by the strengths-based Solution-Focused Therapy while also informed by CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), and Mindful Self-Compassion. I am always looking for creative ways to make connections with and for clients while remaining committed to applying evidence-based practices as you navigate significant life transitions, questions of identity, and the grief that inevitably comes when living through change and uncertainty.