When I was in high school, I stumbled into taking an AP Psychology course. It didn't take long for me to realize that I had a natural gifting and passion for this topic.  As I moved into college, I knew that a psychology major would most likely land me in a lab or working in research, so I chose to study social work and human development, which is both the "why" and the "how" of psychology.

Fast forward a few more years and I've now got experience working in lock down drug and alcohol facilities, working with youth in foster care, working with homeless populations, and studying hours worth of trauma-informed care tactics. I've worked with youth and adults in all types of life circumstances, trained in deescalation tactics, and learned some pretty hefty life lessons along the way.

In 2018, I married my husband, who is a police officer. From there, I got to see the lack of  trauma training that is required of our law enforcement officers (although things ARE on the up and up! Take heart!), and I developed a passion for helping the people who are working with our most vulnerable populations understand the impacts of trauma on behavior, development, and society as a whole.

 

My goal with this journey is to help you find useful, everyday tactics to help you manage and better your mental health - whether that is trying new coping skills, finding the courage to engage in therapy, or simply reading a blog post that helps you feel a little less alone, my focus is YOU and your well-being. 

As you read through these posts (intermingled with photography, of course! Who says you have to choose which passion to pursue?!), if you find yourself thinking, "Man, I'd really love to get some more info on ______," fill out my contact card and I'll see what I can do for you!

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RESOURCES:

National Suicide Prevention Hotline:

1-800-273-8255

Alcohol & Drug Helpline:

800-923-4357

Military Helpline:

888-457-4838 

NEDA Eating Disorder Helpline:

800-931-2237