“One of my passions is equine-assisted psychotherapy, and I have earned certifications and designations in this area”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I've always carried a deep desire to help people. My first career was in law enforcement. I became a deputy sheriff in 2001. However, the job did not really afford me the time with individuals to help them break their own patterns of behavior. After the birth of my second child, I returned to school and graduated in 2013. I've worked in residential treatment settings, with court-ordered individuals with dual diagnosis, in community mental health, and in the mental health department of a state-run, low-high security, all-male prison. One of my passions is equine-assisted psychotherapy, and I have earned certifications and designations in this area. I've also worked with Healing Hoofsteps using this modality. I'm a wife and mother of three amazing children. We live on a small farm in rural Escambia County, Florida.
What should someone know about working with you?
In our first session, we will review your intake paperwork and complete a history. We will then work together to identify your goals for our time together. Sessions are led by you in order to meet your needs in the here and now and align to your stated goals. As a therapist, I pull from many different modalities, as I do not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach. I enjoy working with a diverse population of people who are motivated to live their best lives.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
As a therapist and human being, I'm always motivated to learn and grow. I accomplish this through constant reading, research, and learning from clients; after all, you are the expert on you. I have been trained and previously held certification in the equine-assisted growth and education model. I also earned my EAGALA military services designation to provide culturally-competent services to our service members and their families. Another passion of mine is working with our first responders, giving back to those who give so much daily.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
Advancements in neuropsychology are something I'm excited about. When a physiological illness arises, there are many ways to detect and legitimize the sufferer’s experience. Historically, we have not done this in the psychological world, but through advances, I believe we will one day be able to. I feel like this will remove some of the stigma related to mental health treatment.
“Another passion of mine is working with our first responders, giving back to those who give so much daily.”