I've been working with people to create change since 1997, when I was community organizing in Humboldt Park, Chicago. We confronted the public school system and won a million dollars in repairs for a local elementary school which had a leaking roof, broken windows, and no heat.
Realizing that we could make real change in the world, I went on to study herbalism and deep tissue massage as a way of making change more personal. I worked with clients for many years to move and feel differently, and to release trauma.
I have also flipped pizzas, painted houses, lived out of a backpack, managed a treehouse hostel, and worked at a crisis shelter for runaway, homeless, and foster care kids here in Asheville.
Decades of study have shown that the most important and essential approach for effective counseling is developing a solid relationship between counselor and client. I'm here to be your ally, working with you and for you to accomplish your goals.
We will identify what brings you to counseling, what you would like to work on changing, and how you will know when it has changed.
We will then develop clear goals for getting there.
I use evidence-based techniques and methods, drawing primarily from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Compassion Focused Therapy. I am also trained in EMDR.