I always knew I wanted to be in the mental health field. My journey has taken me through many disciplines and across the United States, only to lead me back to the place where I grew up and love, Cleveland, OH. After completing both of my graduate programs in the winter of 2015, I knew my heart belonged in Ohio. So I moved back home and took employment at the Cleveland Clinic as a behavioral health therapist. While working here, I was able to explore more about myself as a human, and also how that connected to my identity as a therapist. This is when I found my way back to human sexuality. I noticed my passion for feminism and sex positivity growing with each interaction I would have with someone. I began to challenge my own privilege and unravel the years of shame I had built up regarding sexuality. I could not stop researching and talking about the topics within sex therapy (e.g. sexual dysfunctions, kink, polyamory, sexual compulsivity, etc.), so I decided I had to do something about it.
You see, sex therapy is not a protected term. That means that anyone can go around calling themselves a sex therapist and they may not have any training at all. Luckily, I found my way to the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) and am currently completing the certification process to becoming a certified sex therapist. It is an organization that takes pride in making sure only the more education and experienced professionals become certified. I receive supervision and am able to connect with a community that promotes the same values and openness that I do. Finally, I have found my place in this world as a therapist, and I could not be happier.
Education, Certification, & Licensure
American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (Expected August 2020)
Licensed Professional Counselor (2017) - C. 1700016
M.Ed. (2015) - Counselor Education, emphasis in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Georgia Southern University
M.S. (2014) – Kinesiology, emphasis in Sport & Exercise Psychology - Georgia Southern University,
B.S. (2011) - Psychology, Minor in French - Baldwin-Wallace College
"Being sex positive means embracing the entire range of human sexuality and allowing people the freedom to choose how they want to live their lives."
My mission is simple: I want to nurture sex positivity and inclusivity amongst all my clients. We live in a world where sex negativity is rampant. If you do not prescribe to monogamy and are not heterosexual, you can feel this immense pressure to conform to ideologies you do not agree with in this world. I am here to help.
Shame is a parasite. It latches onto us, drains us, reprograms us, and lives in the shadows of our souls waiting for its next moment to attack. Luckily, we all have the antidote. Talking about your thoughts and feelings can shine a light on your shame and push it out of your system. When it comes to sexuality, physical intimacy, and sexual health, there is no one way that someone has to live for it to be considered “normal” or “natural.” My mission is to help you understand this and create a life that aligns with your true, authentic self.