Years in Practice: 20 Years
License: NC / LCAS-3156
School: East Carolina University
Year Graduated: 2008

My Experience
I have a passion for helping others and have worked in the drug and alcohol field for almost 20 years now. I enjoy working with all types of people and have experience in a wide variety of settings. I have worked in hospitals, prisons and other health institutions. In addition, I’ve worked in schools, nursing homes, rehabs and private practice.

Who I Work With
I’ve worked with a lot of different types of people, and I love helping people. I’ve worked with every age from the elderly to children and all ages in between. I’ve worked with people who are at different stages in their relationship with drugs or alcohol, including

  • People who are interested in exploring their relationship with drugs or alcohol and understanding it on a deeper level
  • People who feel like their problems are blocking them from having the life they really want
  • People who are considering starting treatment
  • People who are in treatment
  • People who want to find freedom from issues that are holding them back
  • People who are just being discharged from treatment
  • People who have relapsed
  • People who are struggling with relationship, financial, or vocational issues
  • People who have long periods of sobriety
  • People who need intervention treatment

I also consider myself to be an ally of the LGBTQ+ community.

What Qualifies Me
I’m a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist with a Masters’ Degree in Social Work. I have the training and experience to diagnose and treat substance use issues and co-occurring mental health issues. As a life coach, I help people who have marital, financial/gambling, vocational, and/or familial issues. I have a wealth of experience and I customize my approach to you. We will work together to choose the treatment plan that works best for your needs, helping you learn effective tools and coping skills. I will provide a safe, affirming, and supportive space to work through the issues you face. I look forward to hearing from you.

Looking Forward to Working with YOU!
I very much enjoy working with any type of client in any type of setting. I have a lot of experience with treating drug, alcohol, and co-occurring mental health issues, and I enjoy working with people who are in different stages of life. I also enjoy helping people find what works best for them in their lives. With technology, we are not limited by location, and I am open to working with clients in all areas of the United States.

MY HISTORY

Why I do what I do

The way that I got into substance abuse treatment is fairly organic. My father was a lawyer who also suffered from depression.  He killed himself when I was eight years old.  This shaped my childhood and had an obvious impact on me. My mother sent me to see a psychiatrist and to therapy after this. Over the course of this treatment, I was diagnosed with ADHD and Dyslexia. It was hard for me as a kid, and I often got in trouble. I wasn’t very good in school either because of my learning disabilities, although I was interested and had a sharp mind. I played a lot of sports, which helped, but then I started experimenting with drugs and alcohol when I was 16 years old like a lot of kids do. With me, it became more than just experimenting and consumed my life.

I also struggled with some of the same mental illness that my dad did, and the combination of all of this made it really hard for me to live life. I started using heavily. I went to my first rehab when I was 21 years old. I got into trouble with the law, which turned out to be a blessing. At 23, I got clean and sober through a program called drug court. I got my associates degree, my bachelors in social work, and my masters in social work so that I could help people who had the same struggles I had. I did well in school and was on dean’s list, a real testament given how much trouble I had in school as a kid. I stayed clean and sober for seven years until I had to have back surgery and got hooked on pain pills. After that relapse I regained my sobriety and after some difficult struggling. I know what it is like to fight every day to have a good life. I want to help others fight that fight as well, helping them overcome drug and alcohol issues. It makes me happy to share what I’ve learned with others.

I appreciate you letting me share a little bit about myself so that you can know who I am and where I come from, but it’s really not about me. When I work with clients, I make it all about them. I don’t normally self-disclose this much, but I want to share a little bit so that you can get to know me. I look forward to helping you live the life you want to lead.

LEARN WHAT WORKS FOR YOU

How I found my freedom.

How I found my freedom.

I am a North Carolina native who was born and raised in Raleigh, but my deep love of the ocean and of surfing keeps drawing me back to the coast.  I’ve lived in the Outer Banks and Wilmington and have spent a lot of time at Holden Beach.  For me, surfing is a good way to stay clean and sober that I like to share with others and use myself.  When I’m feeling stressed out, I always try to get in the water or surf or even just hang out at the beach and take a walk.  Surfing is definitely one of my main coping skills.  I view it as a very holistic way to deal with life‘s challenges.  Teaching others to surf, from my mom to kids with autism to wounded warriors to others, has been a way that I can share my coping skills with others to help make their lives better.  I look forward to the opportunity to work with you and share my outlook with you.

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