I grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania and after high school I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Millersville University of Pennsylvania. I worked for several years before returning to graduate school, first in group homes for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and later as a case manager for children receiving community based and residential mental health services.
After spending several years in a case management role, I felt a calling to be more involved in providing treatment to individuals. I also felt pulled to western North Carolina, where my father was raised. I moved to Boone, NC to attend Appalachian State University and I earned my Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology in 2006.
My husband and I moved to Asheville in 2008 and we have made a home here with our two young children. During my time in Asheville, I have worked as a psychotherapist at the Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Center of WNC, serving adults and children, and I also spent a couple of afternoons a week providing brief interventions for children and families at ABC Pediatrics. In addition to therapy, I have experience conducting psychological testing, assessing for AD/HD, learning disabilities, and other concerns.
After my time at the CBT Center, I worked for several years at the LME/MCO (Western Highlands Network/ Smoky Mountain LME/MCO) serving uninsured and Medicaid recipients, first at the 24 hour call center and later as a hospital liaison for people admitted to inpatient units for crisis stabilization or detoxification from drugs or alcohol. Through all of my roles, I have learned a great deal about the resources available in Asheville and how to help with many types of problems.
Though I have been quite busy with young kids over the past few years, I enjoy spending time in nature, hiking, yoga, music, reading, and traveling.