I am a third-year master’s student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at William & Mary, working under the supervision of Nicole Jalazo Halpern, LCSW. In 2017, I graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor’s in History, Literature, and Anthropology. I went on to join Teach for America and worked as a fourth-grade teacher in Memphis, Tennessee. I then taught in Harlem, NY for one year before finding my home here in Alexandria. As an educator and a counselor, I see it as my honor and privilege to share in the journey of children and families as they reflect, heal, and grow.
As a counselor, I value authentic connection above all else. I help clients of all ages navigate life’s challenges in the context of a warm, understanding, and collaborative therapeutic relationship. I approach work with clients from an attachment-based, trauma-informed perspective. I utilize expressive therapeutic techniques such as play therapy to empower clients to explore new ways of being, relating, and contextualizing their experiences. If you or your child is experiencing anxiety, depression, relationship challenges, trauma symptoms, or problems in school or work, I will tailor counseling to fit your individual needs and support you in building the coping skills you need to thrive.
Throughout my work as an educator and counseling student, I have had the privilege of working with a diverse range of children and families. I take a firm stance of cultural humility and strive to understand the world from each client’s unique perspective. I bring a sensitivity to the ways in which clients may experience various forms of systemic oppression including racism, sexism, homophobia, and much more, and strive to be a strong advocate and ally for all of my clients. In addition to working with clients directly, I am committed to supporting educators in implementing trauma-responsive practices and creating nurturing, healing spaces within our schools.
I believe clients deserve the highest quality of care possible, and I actively seek new opportunities to grow in this profession. I am currently in training to become a Registered Play Therapist, and seeking certification in Child-Centered Play Therapy from the University of North Texas Center for Play Therapy.