“Knowing that we can be loved exactly as we are gives us all the best opportunity for growing into the healthiest of people.” – Mr. Rogers
Are you not feeling like yourself? Missing who you were or longing for who you want to be? Are your thoughts telling you that you are broken or unworthy?
Sometimes difficult experiences or the general stress of life manifests as physical pain in our bodies or as emotions that feel overwhelming and unpredictable. Therapy is a place to learn how to listen to the wisdom of our bodies to better understand how to take care of our mental and physical well-being. The fact that you are looking at this page means you have taken the first step towards getting to know yourself better, and I know how hard that first step can be.
Maybe you are looking to gain understanding into how your actions are affecting your life. Or perhaps you are in the middle of changes, big or small. Any reason for going to therapy is a good reason to go to therapy. I would be honored to hold a non-judgemental space to support, listen, and guide you through the ups and downs that come with this process.
Finding the right therapist can feel like a tedious form of online dating, so don’t give up if it’s been difficult finding the right one. We may work well together if you are looking for therapy that is direct, possibly even fun at times and is a mixture of cognitive work and somatic practices. I look forward to meeting you and seeing if we are a good fit.
I come from a long line of healers; mothers, nurses, therapists, and faith workers. Strangers often tell me, “I don’t know why I just shared all that with you.” I think this happens because I am genuinely interested in people. Sharing who we are, and what we think, feel, and believe can be extremely vulnerable. So I feel honored when anyone feels comfortable enough to share a piece of themselves with me.
I received my bachelor’s degree in social work from Warren Wilson College in 2015 and my master’s from Western Carolina University in 2020. I am a licensed clinical social worker (LCSWA) and have almost a decade of experience working with people living with addiction, mental health challenges, and intellectual disabilities.
In middle school, I struggled socially, feeling like I was compromising who I was to fit in. I was changing my body to be accepted, wearing clothes I didn’t like, hanging out with people that did not share my values, and not feeling good about myself in the process. I then realized the longest relationship I’ll ever have is with myself.
When you’re growing up, no one tells you the secret that nobody “has their shit together.” We all ebb and flow between feeling like we have our shit together and feeling as if our lives are unraveling. There’s beauty in that mess. When we find the capacity to be brutally honest, open, and raw, we see that the stories we tell ourselves about being alone or being broken are not true. I aim to foster relationships with my clients where they feel safe to authentically show up for themselves.
I use polyvagal theory and other somatic-based approaches to foster a mind-body awareness and offer tools to find a greater sense of safety and social connection. I also use cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to further explore the ways our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors influence our lives. I am certified in dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), which utilizes mindfulness to explore how to regulate ourselves in times of stress and develop healthier boundaries and communication in relationships. I use attachment theory to help people understand why they may be repeating patterns in their relationships. I have my 200-hour yoga certification for behavioral health professionals through Subtle Yoga. I also look to art, nature, and movement to embody and explore the dynamic ways that we experience healing. I have participated in several workshops focusing on advocacy for the LGBTQA+ community and continue to expand my knowledge in this area.
Therapy is a place where you can hit the pause button: celebrate and/or grieve what you are letting go of; slow down and get intentional about how you want to move into your next phase, and give space to your emotions.
In my spare time, I enjoy getting outside as much as possible to hike, camp, dance, play a sport, or lay on the beach. I love a good craft project and anything involving food—growing it, cooking it, and eating it with friends. I do not have any animals because of my love of travel and spontaneity. I am happy being a proud auntie to many dogs, cats, and ducks.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know that our sessions will stay private?
We are bound by law and ethics to keep everything you share with your therapist confidential. Winter to Spring Wellness is known as a “covered entity” under HIPAA, which means that we’re subject to all HIPAA rules and guidelines. This will be discussed with you in your first session in more detail.
Do you offer online sessions?
Absolutely. We offer both teletherapy sessions to clients who prefer online to in-person appointments. These sessions are offered in a HIPAA compliant video platform.
Does Winter to Spring Wellness accept insurance?
Yes, we do! We accept many major insurance plans, including Blue Cross, Anthem, Optum, United, Aetna. This can vary by the provider. To view what insurance plans your preferred clinician accepts, please view their profile page for more information.
What can I expect from my first session?
The initial session is the time for you to begin establishing rapport with your therapist. Furthermore, the initial session is where the therapist gathers vital information regarding the presenting concerns, goals, history and mental wellness. The allowed time frame for the initial visit is approximately 55-60 minutes.
Can I pick the therapist I would like to work with myself?
Absolutely! We want your sessions to be successful and will tailor them to your needs. You can review our provider profiles online, or you can give us a call, and we’ll offer guidance based on specialties and certifications.
How long do I have to be in therapy?
You don’t have to do anything! If you want to make meaningful changes to your life and relationships, the length of treatment is based on your needs and goals. Your therapist will work with you to identify a treatment plan that suits your timeline. We promise we won’t keep you for longer than needed.
Knowing that we can be loved exactly as we are gives us all the best opportunity for growing into the healthiest of people.
– Mr. Rogers
28 Schenck Parkway, Ste. 200,
Asheville, NC 28803