You'll see on my timeline a history of panic attacks and depersonalization derealization (DPDR) or disassociation disorder below. I'd add to that low self esteem, anger, rumination, lack or direction or purpose, sense of not belonging, struggles with relationships (and many more) were also challenges and played a part in my panic disorder. After getting through what felt hopeless at times, I’m here to provide stories of recovery and connect with you.
Formal Training and Education
I graduated from Lincoln Memorial University 2018 with a Masters of Education in School Counseling (License # 000708842). I began working as a School Counselor in an intermediate school and continued at LMU to earn an Educational Specialist in Instructional Leadership degree. The EdS greatly increased my understanding and perspective of education and expanded leadership skills thus serving me in my position.
While working with students and families, I realized continuing to grow in the field of mental health would allow me to better support others by enhancing skills. In August 2020-July 2021, I returned to LMU to complete the Mental Health Counseling program and do necessary post-graduate work in order to become a Licensed Professional Counselor. Internship hours were fulfilled at The Middle Path in Knoxville, TN. This is a mental health facility specializing in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP).
I earned a Bachelors of Science in Communications from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in 2005.