About my practice:
My counseling practice is grounded in relational psychodynamic psychotherapy. We move at your pace to cultivate a significant relationship of trust, a safe space within which to illuminate depths of consciousness and explore new ways of being with yourself, others, and the world. We may agree to utilize any number mind-body-spirit medicine modalities including: aromatherapy, shamanic drum journeys, autogenic hypnosis relaxation training, mindfulness, meditation, breathwork, creative arts therapies, ritual, and/or naturopathic dietary and lifestyle psycho-education. I believe in empowering the innate healing intelligence within you and the very heart of our connection is to work within your value system to support your holistic wellbeing.
I treat adults (individuals, couples, and groups) experiencing a range of personal and interpersonal issues including trauma & complex trauma, anxiety, depression, identity development, relationships & life transitions, and compulsive behaviors including substance dependence. I specialize in psychedelic integration therapy, a non-stigmatizing harm-reduction approach to preparing for psychedelic journeys, processing difficult experiences, and integrating non-ordinary states of consciousness into your waking daily life in the dream of the world. I primarily see clients in person; telehealth is available on occasion when we agree that it is a better option.
About my background:
I am a healer, a Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor (PLPC) in the state of Louisiana with a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Loyola University New Orleans where I graduated with the Regina M. Omig Award for Excellence in Counseling and the highest honor bestowed, the Ignatian Award. In 2020 I was awarded Gambit Magazine’s New Orleans 40 Under 40 for my work as the Co-Founding Director of the Loyola University New Orleans Center for Counseling & Education and as the Founder and Director of Care for Creatives of Southern Rep and the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic (mental health self-care mind-body-spirit community activity groups with outcome research demonstrating significant improvements in multiple dimensions of psychological wellbeing). Prior to that, I’d just returned to New Orleans in 2017 from Berlin, Germany where I graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and back in 2006 I earned a magna cum laude Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies.
My formal work in mental health care and mind-body-spirit medicine dates back to 2013, when I followed a calling away from a decade-long successful career as a professional theatre director, designer, production manager, and educator. This calling brought me to an inpatient naturopathic clinic in Hawaii where my experiential interests met with training and supervision to support care for clients in treatment for cancer, and a wide range of mental health issues, including addiction. There I provided meditation, mindfulness, breathwork, eco-therapies, ritual, creative arts modalities, and naturopathic dietary and lifestyle psycho-education. I went on to Germany to study psychology; there I trained in shamanic drum journeys and earned certification in aromatherapy and autogenic hypnosis relaxation training. I’ve practiced relational psychodynamic psychotherapy since 2019 and my post-graduate educational pursuits are centric on psychedelic integration therapy with a special interest in naturally-occurring psychedelic medicines as well as substance-free non-ordinary states of consciousness. I am influenced by holistic ancient healing practices from around the world, and value both the rational empirical sciences and the intuitive wisdom arts.