I hold a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Western Carolina University. I have specific training in Gottman's Couples Therapy, Perinatal Support International (PSI), Clinical Military Counseling (CCMC), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Advanced Group Structure, and Non-Violent Crisis Intervention. I have presented research at two professional counseling conferences (so far!). I am a nationally recognized board certified counselor (NCC) and am licensed to practice counseling in the state of North Carolina (LPCA). I have worked in the field of mental health since 2010 in a wide variety of positions such as; field guide for adolescent wilderness therapy, residential counselor for therapeutic boarding school, field guide for wilderness adult substance abuse center, mental health assistant for an inpatient psychiatric unit in a hospital, qualified professional on an Intensive-In-Home team, school based therapist, and outpatient therapist. Before going to graduate school, I worked for several years in a daycare for children with special needs and I have 4+ years of experience in advocacy, outreach and teaching (both in public schools and at a university).