As a certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) and a registered Yoga teacher (RYT-500), I understand that many clients with eating disorders can benefit from the emerging research of complementary practices to support the mind-body connection in healing. Researchers like Bessel van der Kolk and David Emerson suggest — and inform my own clinical practice — that intentional connections to one’s body can be imperative to support recovery and growth. I am able to develop and have supported therapeutic yoga groups as an integral complement to psychotherapeutic recovery work in patients with eating disorders at The Center for Balanced Living, The Emily Program, and Cincinnati’s Lindner Center of Hope. I’ve also worked with populations addressing substance abuse disorders through facilitation of Yoga for 12-Step Recovery (Y12SR) groups.
My preferred therapeutic approaches include the use of Enhanced Cognitive Behavior Therapy for eating disorders (CBT-E), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), with elements of Mindfulness and Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC). I utilize Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and trauma, and am a national CPT provider. When appropriate, I also can employ complementary modalities of expressive art, writing, yoga and breathwork.
A Columbus native, I received my BS from Bowling Green State University, and my Master of Social Work from Indiana University. I am an independently licensed social worker, with a supervision designation (LISW-S) in the state of Ohio by the Counselor and Social Work Board (CSWMFT).
I completed my clinical fellowship and delivered evidence-based treatment to adults with eating disorders, mood disorders, and trauma at the Center for Balanced Living in Columbus, Ohio. While at the Center, and then later The Emily Program, I worked in Admissions, Partial Hospitalization, Intensive Outpatient, and Outpatient programs. While there I developed a wide breadth of skills, perspectives, and evidence-based approaches to support clients with eating disorders — including leading groups using expressive arts modalities, and organizing a client-represented art show.
- Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS)
- International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP)
- National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
- International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT)
- Yoga Alliance