As a native Tennessean, I started my journey of self-discovery in 1991 when my first marriage fell apart. A mother of two and a critical care nurse, I was terrified of facing life on my own at that time and didn’t understand why my plans hadn’t worked out. Luckily, I was able to begin individual counseling, a decision that set me on a trajectory of emotional healing that I have never regretted. Because of my desire to pass on the same gift to others, I returned to school in 1998 to become a psychiatric nurse practitioner. After graduating from Vanderbilt University in 2003, I became trained in EMDR and Internal Family Systems therapy. In 2005, I joined a private practice in Cordova, TN where I treated clients with a variety of diagnoses, using the modalities of psychotherapy and medication management. In 2015, my family and I decided to relocate to Washington State to fulfill our personal dream of living in the Pacific Northwest. Once in Central Washington, I began practicing with Comprehensive Health Care as an outpatient clinician, later transferring to their inpatient facility in 2019. In 2020 I left community mental health to work in the private sector In 2022, I decided to partner with Joy Psychiatry to provide in-person Mental health treatment in Yakima. When I’m not working with clients, I love to spend time with my family, friends, and my two goldendoodles. My hobbies include meditation, yoga, hiking, bicycling, water sports, travel, art, food, music, acupuncture, and body centered consciousness training ( breathwork, yoga retreats, and experiential growth workshops).