I am a licensed clinical psychologist with a passion for helping individuals rediscover their innate healing intelligence and wisdom. After completing my PhD at the University of Memphis in 2015, I entered into a trauma-focused fellowship working with Veterans, including those with complex combat, sexual, and childhood traumas. This experience let me to dedicate my career to working with Veteran trauma survivors, and I have been doing so since 2015. As I began my career as a trauma clinician, however, a mysterious and debilitating physical illness led me through a life-changing journey into alternative medicine and mind-body practices. Experiencing my own health crisis led me to expand my understanding of healing, and particularly the importance of reconnecting to one’s own inner wisdom, authenticity, and purpose as part of the healing path. This “accidental education” combined with my years of expertise working with trauma and its sequelae (e.g., PTSD, depression, anxiety, substance abuse), led me to open a private practice, Path of the Hummingbird. This practice is dedicated to helping a variety of individuals, including those who are interested in therapy for mental health reasons, or for those looking for psychedelic integration support or personal development.
More personally, I identify as a white, heterosexual, cis-gendered woman. I am spiritually-oriented, without a specific religious affiliation. I come from a diversity-informed perspective, valuing both the visible and invisible identities we carry. I believe that integrating these into therapy create a richer and more authentic experience. I have experience working with adults of all ages with a vast array of racial and ethnic identities. I am an LGBTQI+ ally and also have served Veterans across all service branches.
How I work with clients
I imagine each individual I work with as starting out on a healing journey, and no two paths are exactly alike. My belief is that each individual is born inherently whole, with an instinct towards growth and connection. However, trauma, loss, grief, abuse, and rejection can erode one’s sense of inherent goodness and belonging, leaving a life that feels disappointing — void of meaning, purpose, community and self-worth. My role is to help individuals along that path, guiding their rediscovery of their authenticity, wisdom, and value.
I have been trained in many evidence-based psychotherapies, including Cognitive-Behavioral (CBT) approaches such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Prolonged Exposure (PE) and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for PTSD as well as Humanistic approaches such as Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) and Constructivist therapy. I believe that you are the expert on your experience, while I offer the expertise to aid in moving blocks that might hinder your innate tendencies for connection and growth.