As a licensed clinical social worker (“LCSW”), I currently own and operate a private practice and consulting firm in eastern KY.
Nestled in the mountains of Appalachia, I see firsthand the challenges facing this population – my friends, my family, my people.
I graduated from Eastern Kentucky University (“EKU”) with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology.
Sociology fit because I was fascinated with studying, understanding and helping people.
I found my way to the masters of social work program at the University of Kentucky (“UK”) and graduated in May 2009.
Up until graduation, I had been working in the field of intimate partner violence and advocating on behalf of others who had been victims of abuse.
After graduating, I began working in foster care – from youth specialist to foster parent trainer, clinical treatment director and program director.
Foster care had my heart but it was a heavy burden to carry.
After seven years in this system, I began working in medical social work as the director of social services at a local critical access hospital.
After three years here, I began working in mental health – crisis consultant and therapist at the local adult crisis center.
Eventually, I ended up finishing my LCSW and opening a private practice.
I have been in private practice since 8/2016 and see patient in generalist practice beginning at age 4.
My primary specialty is trauma work.
I consult with many different agencies providing support for mental health services (in addiction treatment), policy and procedure manuals, trainings and accreditation assistance.
Finishing my doctorate of social work (“DSW”) is a goal that I hope will improve the services I offer to this rural community.
I hope to increase the opportunities for conferences, education, training and improving the quality of services available in this area.