a little About Me

Therapy saved my life - both through experiences of being a client and through the process of becoming a therapist. The academic experience was important, but not the most essential part of what has shaped me professionally and personally. I learn a great deal about the human experience from listening to the life stories of others. 

It is an honor and privilege for me to build relationships with my clients and I feel grateful every day for the ability to provide compassionate care in my practice.  

I believe that just about all relationships require a certain amount of risk. It takes courage to share personal details of your life stories with another person. I believe that my clients feel that I accept them for exactly who they are without judgment or criticism and that this can be the first step to profound emotional healing. 

Credentials: 

Licensed in NC as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 1681)

AASECT Certified Sex Therapist

Clinical Practicum Training - West Gate Family Therapy Institute (Spartanburg, SC)

Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy - Converse College (Spartanburg, SC)

Master’s Degree in Human Sexuality - Widener University (Chester, PA)

Bachelor’s Degree in Women’s Studies - Temple University (Philadelphia, PA)

Associate’s Degree in Photography - Antonelli Institute (Erdenheim, PA) 

For my full CV, click here.

About Out of the Woods Therapy:

"Out of the Woods Therapy" was inspired by Dr. James Rentz. He was an incredible teacher, clinical supervisor, and one of my greatest influences as a therapist.

I wanted a name for my practice that would remind me of him daily. 

Dr. Rentz and me, visiting West Gate Family Therapy Institute in 2015

Dr. Rentz and me, visiting West Gate Family Therapy Institute in 2015

During his lectures, Dr. Rentz often used the phrase, “We’re not out of the woods yet” when talking about the importance of the work we do in the field of mental health. The irony was that there were few places Dr. Rentz would rather be than in the middle of a forest. It's kind of like that for a lot of us Asheville residents - we may love being outdoors and in the woods, but not in that metaphorical sense of feeling lost. 

The name Out of the Woods Therapy makes me think about how things can happen sometimes in life that feel overwhelming and a person can start to feel lost and really stuck. We all have moments when we could use an ally, a guide, or someone to simply accept us for who we are and where we are in our lives. We may need someone to help us find the way back to movement and stability during those times. The name of my practice is dedicated to honoring those moments and, of course, to honor Dr. Rentz as one of the most compassionate human beings I’ve ever known.