I received my Bachelor's degree in Sociology in 1992 and my Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling from Rollins College in 2003, with additional coursework in Addiction Studies completed in Denver. Most of my career has been in school settings, working at a school for pregnant and parenting teen girls, a juvenile justice program, an alternative middle/high school for high-risk girls, and a school for expelled students. I have been the Middle School Counselor at Evergreen Charter School in Asheville NC since 2008. I have also conducted private therapy with adolescents and their families, and mothered a teenager myself. I understand and "speak teen," including what they are often communicating through their behavior and emotions.
As a young pre-teen, I began my own challenging journey that led me through multiple addictions and self-destructive behaviors and into recovery by age 19. This naturally gravitated me towards work as a substance abuse counselor in outpatient and residential treatment with teens and adults. I blend this personal "street certified" history with my clinical expertise to bring both knowledge and authenticity to my workshops and presentations.
Expressive arts and an Outward Bound adventure were literallly life-saving to me, inspiring me to naturally blend creativity, interaction, and challenge into my group facilitation. I have also been lucky to have had experiences that make me comfortable with human diversity in all it's forms, and that inspire me to promote understanding and equity in all I do.
Clearly this work has chosen me, and not the other way around. I truly enjoy sharing it with others.
Drug & alcohol education
Substance abuse prevention & intervention
Diversity, equity & inclusion
Communication & conflict resolution
Understanding & supporting adolescents
NCC = Nationally Certified Counselor
LCMHC = Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor
LCAS = Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist
CPS = Certified Prevention Specialist
What all those letters mean...