So you want to know more about me? I’m flattered!
My desire is to bring a sense of peace to the forgotten, burdened, and overlooked. My clients are mostly women who are struggling with infertility, pregnancy loss, birth trauma, postpartum mental health challenges, being a teen mom, terminating a wanted pregnancy, and the like.
What you probably want to know most about me, is can I help you not feel broken, depressed, ashamed, and so darn lonely? And my answer to that is a big ole YES. I provide compassionate care to help heal and mend the feelings of brokenness, grief, anxiety, shame, and isolation that comes with the journey to and through motherhood. I’ve dedicated my work to supporting and advocating alongside folks who are navigating infertility, are in the midst of perinatal palliative care or a NICU stay, and those who have already met their angel baby.
In a session with me, you’re going to feel heard, supported, and valued. We’re going to laugh too. I work best with people who are tired of feeling the way they currently do and are ready and motivated to change.
Another thing you might be wondering is why I’m doing this. I mean, this isn’t exactly a light and easy subject to be focusing on all day. It all comes down to my personal experiences. With my second child, I had a traumatic birth due to a hemorrhage. Infertility has been thread into my family in so many ways. When my husband and I started trying to get pregnant with our third child, we struggled. After a while I decided it was time to go to the doctor, where it was discovered that I had severe Endometriosis, a blocked tube, and cysts. Each month, I remember feeling so defeated. My marriage struggled. It was easily one of the most difficult times in my life. I thought, where is God? Can’t He hear me? What’s wrong with me? Maybe I’m not good enough. After surgery we did finally get pregnant and in 2018 we decided a complete hysterectomy was the best treatment option for my endo. Now I struggle with surgical menopause in my 30’s which has been a blast (said no one, ever).
I’ve watched firsthand how loss can tear a family apart. I’ve watched my friends and family struggle in the aftermath of infertility and loss with no one to talk to about it. I’ve watched depression and addiction take over families who had a stillborn child. This journey is tough and I never want another family to feel lonely and isolated like my friends, family, and I have had to experience.
Why faith based counseling? I feel like you should know up front that I am a Christian. That guides me in everything I do, including my professional services. That means, we can talk about spirituality, faith, God, the Bible, etc. in our counseling sessions and I’m cool with it. If you don’t want to talk about those things, that’s cool too. We can still work together. I work hard to ensure that every client that walks through my door feels comfortable, listened to, and cared about.
I’m a Registered Family and Marriage Therapy Intern in the state of Florida (license number IMT3103). I provide counseling with a focus on Maternal Mental Health and Reproductive Issues in Tampa, FL.
- Graduated from Liberty University with a M.S. in Family and Marriage Therapy
- Certified Basic Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) Practitioner
- Resolve Through Sharing Bereavement Training
- PSI’s Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders Certificate Training (October 2019)
- Interpersonal Psychotherapy Training (November 2019)
- Certified Life Coach
I have experience in various settings, including private practice, a Christian Counseling Center, an acute mental health hospital, and a crisis pregnancy center. I’m a member of American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and Postpartum Support International (PSI).
I take an integrative approach to counseling. I draw on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) therapeutic approaches (that’s fancy speak for I focus on values, mindfulness, and challenging negative thinking). Starting later this year I will be adding Interpersonal Psychotherapy to the mix of therapeutic approaches I use, which is an evidenced based treatment for Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders. My background includes professional coaching, leading group therapy sessions, creating materials for and speaking at workshops, and teaching small groups.