My interest in becoming a counselor began in college. Throughout my educational journey, I have found that making secure therapeutic connections with children and adolescents is my strength.
I majored in psychology, philosophy, and religion at the University of Tampa and quickly found that working with others was a natural calling. While still a student, I started a peer-counseling program and worked at a detox center in Durango, Colorado. It was at the detox center that I developed a desire to be a multicultural counselor working with Native Americans.
I received my Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Tampa honors program. I received my Master’s in Counseling from Adams State University. At Adams State, I was Director of Counseling and Chair of Psychology Philosophy and Religion for Colorado Border Line Academy, a local boarding school.
From 1998 to 2019 I worked in the community and private mental health systems with a variety of populations including families, couples, and children from 5 to 17 and young adults. In 2018 became Certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). In 2019 I became a Registered Play Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor in North Carolina. I have found that combining play therapy with other modalities provides a beautiful approach to working with children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral needs.
I am dedicated to bringing you the best counseling experience possible, respecting and affirming your personal values, spirituality, racial background, sexual orientation and identity in a safe, secure and non-judgmental setting.
I am not doing something for you I am doing something with you.
Together we will accomplish the goals you set forth.
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ACAA Counseling is a counseling practice located in Asheville, North Carolina. Through personalized, interactive support, I specialize in helping children, teens, and adults regain balance when life gets out of hand. I use my personal experience and strengths as a counselor for over 20 years, coupled with my clinical training in supporting clients in reaching their goals.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in North Carolina, Nationally Board Certified, Registered Play Therapist, and have a National Certification in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Health.
I am dedicated to bringing you the best counseling experience possible, respecting, and affirming your values, spirituality, racial background, sexual orientation, and identity in a safe, secure, and non-judgmental setting.
My office is in Asheville, NC, less than a minute from I-240.