Growing Connections Counseling,PLLC
Support for those in transition.
Welcome! I am so glad you are here. I want to support you in navigating life's challenges and transitions.
You want something to change. You are reaching out for support because you may be overcome with feelings of being "stuck" or confused around a change, decision, or challenge life has brought your way. You may be experiencing a lot of anxiety and stress every day wondering if you will ever be able to make a change or understand what is going on inside of you. Like the shame and guilt of "not doing enough, being enough or feeling better" just won't go away. There may be feelings of sadness around a loss and other feelings or thoughts that you just can't describe. It's possible you keep thinking and feeling that you just aren't yourself and that some things in your past you just can't get "over". There may be a big life transition that has you feeling like you aren't able to easily navigate the changes life is bringing and you are struggling to move forward. Perhaps you are experiencing difficulties in your relationships or career and are exhausted trying to “fix things” and make everyone happy.
My passion is supporting adults looking to connect with their truest and most authentic self. It is often when we are experiencing a life transition that this awareness and desire to know ourselves on a deeper level occurs. Life transitions can be welcoming, challenging, and even traumatic. They can include experiences such as leavivng home for college, forming your own path, marriage, divorce, birth, death, moving, changing jobs, illness, retiring, becoming a parent, becoming an "empty nester", and strained relationships not only with others, but with our own bodies and self. You may be experiencing a quarter or mid life "crisis". Even developing more workable communication patterns and learning to identify and hold boundaries can be considered a life transition.
I, too, have experienced many of these same thoughts, feelings, and experiences. I want to support you in navigating the journey of life and all of its beauty, challenges and transitions to find peace, joy, and connect on a deeper level with yourself again by engaging the mind, body, and spirit for active change. There is definitely hope you can gain clarity, become "unstuck", feel confident again, learn to love and respect yourself in a new and genuine way, discover or rediscover your values, and learn new workable coping strategies to address some of those heavy and uncomfortable thoughts and feelings so you can begin to live the quality of life you desire and deserve. I look forward to working together and being part of your healing, growth, and discovery journey.
I am licensed in both North Carolina (LCSW) and South Carolina (Lisw-CP).
I was born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina. After graduating from high school, I attended the College of Charleston and then received my BA in Psychology from the University of North Carolina Asheville. I hold my Masters of Social Work (MSW) from Western Carolina University and I am licensed in North Carolina as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and in South Carolina as a Licensed Independent Social Worker in Clinical Practice (Lisw-CP) . I have been working in the mental health and wellness fields for ten years.
As a mind-body-spirit- psychotherapist, I incorporate a whole body approach and hold true to the belief that everyone is worthy of a quality of life that is meaningful and values driven. It is through my own personal lived experience with stress, grief, anxiety, trauma, difficult relationship patterns, and life transitions that I came to therapy as my profession. Aspiring to help others work towards finding a deeper relationship with one’s true and whole self, through the acceptance that life can be both beautiful and painful is my passion. I want to support you in moving from non-workable coping skills, behaviors, and thoughts patterns, to more workable ones. My approach in therapy is safe, non-judgemental, direct and gentle. I provide lots of hands on tools to support you during our time together. I like to have fun, both in and out of therapy session, and remind myself and others that fun is actually an essential part of being.
Some of my favorite things to do include traveling, running, hiking, reading, birding, gardening, drinking great coffee, having fun with friends and family, yoga, seeing live music, and watching baseball with my son. Oh, and laughing. Lots of laughing.
*Pictured here my best running buddy, Brodie.
Thank you for reaching out and taking the time to take care of yourself! You are worth it. I look forward to working with you and I am honored you have considered me to share this journey of healing with you!