I specialize in military, law enforcement, corrections, and first responders – and the unique challenges these professions and their loved ones face. Though, I found my home mostly within law enforcement and “cop culture”, I gravitated towards working with these populations after working closely with probation and parole, CPS, 1st responders, nurses, and doctors in the many various roles I had before becoming a trauma therapist. At some point I started asking myself, “Who is watching out for those who help, protect, and serve?” This question led me to shift focus towards working with the people I used to work alongside.
I believe that distressing thoughts, feelings, beliefs, or behaviors are not mental illness, weakness, being broken, or a failure. But, in fact, are natural and normal human responses to ongoing exposure to escalated or high risk situations, cumulative and traumatic stress, unresolved grief or loss, experiences of betrayal and broken trust, overwhelming adversities, or from harmful interactions or relationships. Similar to healing from complex physical injuries — It also takes time, patience, and hard work to heal and grow from the impacts of psychological injuries.
My style is laid back, collaborative, and semi-structured. Though I practice with trauma informed, evidence-based, client-centered, and integrative approaches. I’m always up for laughing at ourselves and each other. But I’m not afraid to talk about the tough stuff, and walk with my clients into their darkest places where healing is needed the most.