I grew up in a very large family, the oldest of five children. As the oldest, I helped my siblings navigate growing up, and I developed strong bonds with them. These experiences — getting to work with their varied styles of learning and life struggles — sparked a passion for helping others become the most authentic and healthy versions of themselves.
Being raised in such a large family also helped instill my values of empathy and dedication, and ignited an interest in becoming a therapist. I was exposed to mental health challenges in both my family and with friends, by a young age, despite mental health never being talked about much in my household. In order to provide support for my loved ones, I took it upon myself to become educated about these issues. These experiences not only deepened my fervor for psychology but also taught me about the depth of resilience in the human psyche.
I received my bachelor’s in psychology at the University of Cincinnati, where I had the opportunity to also be involved in research. One of the most influential experiences I had was working at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and co-leading an anger and frustration group for children six to ten years old, who were diagnosed with ADHD. During these groups, I was able to witness how different childhood backgrounds and experiences can affect our interactions in the world.
After graduating from the University of Cincinnati, I began my master’s degree at the University of Denver in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Moving across the country by myself proved to be one of the most difficult and rewarding choices of my life. I fell in love with the mountains, rock climbing, the city of Denver, and all the sunshine! In my free time, my other hobbies include playing the ukulele, singing, writing poetry, and gardening.
At the University of Denver, I was able to work with clients experiencing depression, anxiety, addictions, prejudice, traumas, and legal challenges, which served to further my belief in the ability all humans have to overcome adversity. I believe that mindfulness, self-compassion, and empowerment can be some of the most important gifts often taken from therapy.
Some of life’s most important and meaningful successes can come from some of our biggest challenges. At Through the Door Counseling, I would love to walk with you through your personal challenges and help you emerge empowered and living your most meaningful life. I look forward to walking through this journey with you.