I've always been interested in how people work as well as anything that involved animals. These two themes in my life have been a driving force for how I practice therapy. Being involved with the military community has helped me gain an understanding of the culture that not everyone has.
I received my B.S. in Psychology from Indiana University in 2015. Shortly after that, I moved to Texas and got my M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2018. I am licensed as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern. I have experience working with children and adolescents who have a history of trauma and behavioral problems especially within county and state criminal justice systems as well as working with clients who struggle with anxiety, chemical dependency, and marital problems.
I have been doing service dog and emotional support animal consultation with other professionals since 2015. The need and interest in these animals have resulted in publishing the book, Animals that Heal, which covers psychiatric service dogs and emotional support animals in mental health treatment.
I have 2 dogs, Jager and Lily, as well as 8 chickens. In my free time, I like to hike, read, knit, listen to podcasts and foster dogs.
What are all these credentials?
Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor is a specialty licensed that can treat different addictions. There are a couple different paths to achieve this license, but there are specific requirements for education, supervised hours and passing a national exam.
An LPC-Intern is one of the steps to become a fully licensed Licensed Professional Counselor. They have graduated from master's program related to counseling, has passed a national test, a state test and is currently under the supervision of an LPC-S for at least 18 months.
They are different from a student intern in that they have graduated and are doing their post-graduate hours.