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 Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), 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 as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). 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).