I am partnering up and offering sessions at Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program in Clifton, VA. I am so excited to be working in collaboration with the NVTRP staff and horses!
My practice is founded on creating a safe space for you to work on your most authentic, whole and healthy self. Aside from being a traditional mental health counselor for the last 11 years, I have also been working as an equine assisted psychotherapist for the past 8 years.
In addition to a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology, and a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision, I hold a two-year post graduate certification in Gestalt Equine Psychotherapy. It also included extensive training in Trauma-Focused Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (Natural Lifemanship Model), Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Relational Cultural Therapy.
While I have mostly focused on counseling adolescents and adult individuals in the recovery from eating disorders, trauma, anxiety, depression, and relationship issues, I strongly believe in the importance finding your voice, acceptance of self, and awareness in the relational and cultural patterns influencing us.
Horses have had a strong influence in my life, and believe in the relational, mind-body and spiritual transformation that occurs in their presence. I take an experiential and relational approach, focused on mindfulness and self-discovery facilitated by our equine friends and teachers. I believe that the relationship with the horses will also help you deepen your relationship with yourself, not only in recovery, but way beyond.
Lastly, I am a tenured associate professor of counseling with Marymount University, teaching counseling courses at both masters and doctoral levels.