I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Play Therapist who has a collaborative and creative approach toward working with clients. I am the Owner and Clinical Director of Creative Family Counseling, and I have over 10 years of experience in working in mental health. After graduating from Eastern Kentucky University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Minor in American Sign Language, I chose to further my education at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. I later graduated from LPTS with a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2008. When my family and I moved back to Louisville in 2016, I was honored to be asked to become a member of the LPTS MFT Clinical Staff. I now supervise MFT Student Interns at my Alma Mater.
Over the years, I’ve worked in various settings (and states) such as non-profits, foster and adoptive care, community mental health, and private practice. One thing consistent about my practice as a clinician is the use of creativity. Creativity can be as simple as thinking outside of the box and go as far as utilizing one of the many expressive therapies available at Creative Family Counseling.
I enjoy working with children (ages 2+), teens, and adult women, and my specialties include anxiety, panic, depression, childhood behavioral issues, parenting concerns, divorce/blended family issues, and grief. I also specialize in treating PTSD and other trauma, abuse, and neglect related issues, as I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Level I and II, Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PET), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), which are all research supported and recommended treatment protocols for trauma-related issues.
Another thing I am especially passionate about is helping families grow and develop healthier ways of interacting with one another. I have over 150 hours of play therapy training and am proud of Creative Family Counseling’s large play therapy office.
I offer a non-judgemental, caring space for clients. Your goals are my goals, and I try to help clients meet their goals as quickly as we can. I can be direct when I need to, but I try to do this in a gentle way. I’m also a bit nerdy when it comes to learning about brain science and how it relates to my practice. So my approach is sometimes educational as well! My intent is to help my clients find freedom and happiness and to develop a healthy support network as they pursue their passions. I feel it’s an honor and a privilege to be a part of that journey!