I grew up in Virginia and spent time throughout the Southeast after college where I earned my Master’s Degree in Education with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC. Throughout the past 10 years I have worked in a variety of different mental health settings including nursing homes, inpatient/residential facilities, private practice, residential family settings, Head Start programs and foster care agencies. Most recently, I completed the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners associate’s level training in a correctional institution. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there as it allowed me to provide psychological safety, unconditional positive regard and the strength to tap into my own shadow. This real-life experience brought me face to face with the complexities of the human condition, trauma, addictive processes, soul wounds and psychosis . Aided by self-reflection, loving kindness and a dedication to personal growth and transformation I gained an immense amount of knowledge about myself and my purpose.
I started Realm because I wanted to share and spread this love and my knowledge about the potential for transformation with others. Why psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy? My time spent with individuals with profound trauma helped me understand that there had to be more that we can do to transform humankind. This realization opened the door to discovering an organization conducting clinical trials using MDMA to treat PTSD (The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies). I completed MAPS’ psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy training program in Summer of 2021. As the popularity of psychedelics continues to rise and clinical trials continue to demonstrate success with a variety of mental health diagnoses, in particular PTSD, I am committed to guiding individuals on these extra-ordinary journeys of self-discovery, transformation and healing.
I am an avid vinyasa yoga practitioner and I earned my 200-hour yoga teacher certification in 2018 in Scottsdale, AZ. I enjoy participating in in-person and virtual workshops with the intention of connecting and educating myself about indigenous cultures and their relationship to healing, racial trauma, intergenerational trauma, breathwork, shamanism, yogic philosophy, Depth and Transpersonal Psychology, and the evolution and ethical considerations of plant-medicines and enhanced states of awareness on the individual and collective level. I am drawn to modalities/trainings that offer many opportunities for experiential learning, as this is an ongoing way to confront shadow. I will continue to engage with the Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies to gain additional experience in the hopes that one day, MDMA and other psychedelic plant medicines inducing enhanced states of awareness will become widely available and recognized for therapeutic use.