In therapy sessions, I primarily utilize and have extensive training and experience in both Family Based Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I also find it important to incorporate Acceptance and Commitment Therapy into the treatment I conduct in order to bring focus back to each individual’s values to help with treating the spectrum of disordered eating. I have seen the effectiveness of both CBT and Family-Based Therapy in empowering parents and families to take control of meal times and to be a part of the treatment team to bring full healing.
In my free time, I enjoy teaching yoga, running, exploring new cities, coffee shops and book stores with my husband, spending time with friends, reading in my hammock, baking and taking my German Shepherd/Labrador mix on adventures.
Originally a native of Toledo, Ohio, I attended Bowling Green State University where I received my Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Social Work in 2015. I went on to the University of Toledo to obtain my graduate degree, also in Social Work in 2017. Since that time, I have worked with a multitude of age groups in clinical settings, schools and community mental health facilities but have found my true passion in working with children, adolescents and families to walk alongside them through the journey of recovery from all forms of disordered eating.
After graduate school, I worked in an outpatient setting treating a variety of mental health disorders before being employed as both an outpatient therapist and intensive outpatient therapist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital for three years, during which time I also facilitated parent support groups, participated in research within the eating disorder field and facilitated a training at the National Association of Social Worker’s annual Ohio conference on misconceptions of eating disorders for other professionals. I also regularly participate in eating disorder specific trainings to stay relevant in the field from sources such as The Emily Program, Eating Recovery Center, NEDA, AED and IADEP.
- Academy for Eating Disorders