Licensed Clinical Social Worker-Supervisor
I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and board approved supervisor, committed to helping individuals learn how to quiet their inner critic, and move towards the lives they want to lead. My work focuses on challenging perfectionism, black and white thinking, myths we believe about bodies, weight, and health, and the “shoulds” that are so present in our lives. I believe in collaboration, connection, and humor—sometimes a funny metaphor or witty comeback keeps us from taking ourselves too seriously (like this picture of me and some of my favorite things--colorful pens for my paper planner!)
I’m passionate about supporting individuals in their pursuit of body peace, eating disorder recovery, and moving away from perfectionism. Aside from providing individual therapy, I serve as a clinical supervisor for social workers who are wanting to pursue their clinical licensure. I also enjoy connecting with the mental health field in a larger way, by leading workshops and trainings, as well as professional speaking engagements, webinars, and podcasts.
Facts & Figures
Education & Qualifications:
Bachelor of Arts Communication Studies University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Master of Science Social Work University of Texas at Austin
Graduate Certificate in LGBT Health Policy & Practice
The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
Texas Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Board-Approved Supervisor (LCSW-S) #62527
Faculty member and Consultant for Queer and Trans Affirming Professionals (QTAP) Training Program
Member of Central Texas Eating Disorder Specialists (CTEDS)
LGBTQ+ Alumni Board University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Enneagram 1 (wing 2)
Dog mom to Alamo & Lonestar
Loves the water--lake, river, ocean, anywhere #bluemind
Surprising fact: total Formula 1 fangirl.
I love the cold. Winter, Snow, Skiing...I love it all.
I have multiple tattoos, each with special significance.
About My Practice
I believe in FULL recovery from an eating disorder, from a tough relationship with your body, from perfectionism--it's all possible. And not only is it possible--it's possible for you. Sometimes, we discount our ability (or worthiness) for full recovery, and might be tempted to settle for "this is just how it is" or "I'll just never feel ok in my body", yet there is another way. Not only do we believe in full recovery--we believe in each individuals inherent worthiness. You are worth it, you deserve it, we can do this together.
I believe that building the life you want to live--a life aligned with YOUR values, is a worth while pursuit. For some, this may start with figuring out what your specific values are, and examining current belief systems. This may even look like letting go of wanting to please or impress. Working to discover values, interests, and things that bring you joy and meaning help build a foundation to support building the life you want.
As a practice, there are guiding values and principles that I hold while doing this work:
Full Recovery is Possible: you are worth it, you deserve it, we can do this together.
Living a Values Driven Life is a Worthwhile Pursuit: This life is yours, and you deserve to feel joy, fulfillment, and contentment over feelings of obligation, "should", "must" and "ought".
Social Justice: actively engaging in anti-racist work, anti-oppression work, learning and growing. I continually strive to work in this area--and it will be a lifelong effort to unlearn and relearn, with commitment, action, and advocacy.
Dignity and Worth of a Person: each individual is an expert in their life. Therapy is not advice giving or telling people what to do; it is holding space for others to consider trying new thought or behavior patterns to come into alignment with their vision for their life.
Integrity: A commitment to honesty and transparency, and belief integrity is a required foundation for therapeutic relationship.
Competence: Continually engagement in learning opportunities--both in a teaching role and a learning role. In order to provide the best care possible, continued education is essential.