I oversee the Counseling Services Department including conducting therapy sessions and offering various other mental health supports to students. I believe that it’s important for everyone to have a safe and confidential space to unpack past or current experiences and work towards mental health goals. I have an integrated approach to counseling; I like to explore psychodynamically who people are while also offering some very concrete tips on how to cope with life’s challenges. I love celebrating with my clients their accomplishments, and often point out growth they might not see. Some of my favorite encouragements to students are “be nicer to yourself” and “it’s okay to not be okay”.
I came to Antioch in 2021, drawn by the emphasis on inclusion and environmentalism. Though I’m an Ohio native, I lived the previous 12 years of my life in the Philadelphia area. I originally moved to Pennsylvania for my undergraduate studies at Templeton Honors College of Eastern University, and then stayed to attend graduate school at Chestnut Hill College and work in the field to earn my counseling license. I spent a year as a family therapist at a therapeutic preschool in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia and 6 years working at Rape Crisis Centers in surrounding areas. In addition to my job at Antioch I also teach various trauma psychology courses at Wilmington University and offer virtual counseling through the BetterHelp platform.
When I’m not talking with folks about their lives, I can usually be found with family or friends (including my dog Storm whose picture is in my office!). In the summertime my spare time is spent outside in any park that has ponds or rivers, or working in my garden. In the winter I prefer to munch on popcorn, sweet or salty, while reading a futuristic novel or watching a feel-good movie. One of my current goals is to master the Rubix cube – so if you know how please let me know!