She/Her Pronouns. Millennial. Introvert. Bisexual and part of LGBTQIA2S+ community. Diagnosed with ADHD in adulthood. Understands chronic illness. Anti-Racist. Anti-diet and supports Healthy at Every Size. Nerd and video gamer. Believes that getting help shouldn’t suck.Schedule a free video call
I know what it’s like to be an anxious millennial in a high-pressure professional career, because I’ve been there!
In my early twenties, I worked a highly demanding medical job. At first, the work was rewarding, and I looked forward to my work day. I didn’t notice that the job had started to demand more and more from me. These demands were overwhelming, because there was always more to do or achieve. I couldn't see that I was sacrificing everything because I just wanted to feel good enough, because somehow it made sense that if I was successful in my career, then I was successful in life.
I couldn't admit how stressed I was, because that felt like admitting I was failing.
Recognizing that being burnt out, stressed, and anxious isn't a sign of failure was a pivotal point in my own healing, because then I could admit how stressed I was. That's when I started to forgive myself for mistakes, and to ask for help. I gave myself the freedom to live according to my own standards, instead of trying to always feel like I had to live according to someone else's expectations.
Being authentic to me is something I value, since it was so important to my personal growth. That’s why I shifted my therapy work to focus on helping millennial professionals who are struggling with anxiety and adults with ADHD. I want to be there to help others who may be struggling with feeling stuck, just like I was. That’s why I’ve received additional training in anxiety and ADHD, so I can help you find your own path to healing.
I’m here to help you realize that you are good enough (even though you may not believe it right now), and we can find a path in life that works for you.
→ I unironically love dad jokes.
→ “What’s cooking, home-skillet?” is my favorite way to greet people.
→ I believe that objectively, Batman is the best superhero. I will not change my mind on this (I mean, my last name is Wayne). 😎
→ Memes are like a second language to me. I play a lot of video games in my spare time.
→ I curse way more than I should (and you can totally curse too).
→ I welcome and encourage feedback about my work, so I can learn and grow.
Below, you can learn more about my education, certifications, experience, and therapeutic approaches.
→ I graduated with my Master of Social Work from Northwest Nazarene University in Idaho in 2015.
→ Since graduating, I’ve become an anxiety specialist, focusing basically all of my work on anxiety, trauma, and adult ADHD.
→ I’ve provided trainings to local and distance therapists on how to help their own clients who struggle with anxiety.
→ I've provided trainings to local and distance therapists and other people in helping professions on how to prevent and treat burnout.
→ I am trauma-informed and trained in several trauma-specific interventions, including EMDR.
→ I have experience that ranges from inpatient psychiatric hospital work to community mental health work.
→ I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Idaho (LCSW-38078).
→ I am a Licensed Independent Social Worker in the state of Iowa (LISW 096945).
→ I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of North Dakota (LCSW 5925).
→ Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)*
→ Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (MBCT)
→ Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
→ Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)*
→ Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)*
→ Exposure Therapy
→ Positive Psychology
→ Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT)
→ Strength-Based Trauma Focused
*I may use many of these theoretical approaches, but I tend to use CBT, ERP, and EMDR the most, depending on what my clients and I feel they could benefit the most from.