I received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Central Arkansas in 2008. I moved to Denver in 2010 to attend the University of Denver and received a Master's of Social Work in 2012.
Since then, I have been a child welfare caseworker specializing in delinquency services (teens who have criminal charges and/or significant behavioral isues), conducted assessments for teens being discharged from inpatient settings following suicide thoughts or attempts, and provided one-on-one therapy to teens.
I believe in the cognitive behavioral and mindfulness therapy models because it allows people to resolve their own issues by simply paying attention to what they're thinking and feeling. I provide empathetic support while also holding teens accountable for their unsafe/destructive behavior. Teens often say that I am tough but fair.
In addition, I provide support to parents and caregivers for making changes at home that support their teens in making better choices and, subsequently, improving familial relationships.