What do I do at the Counseling Center?

As a Counseling Extern, I primarily provide individual counseling support services to students. I also assist with intake appointments, where I help connect students visiting the Counseling Center for the first time to the best resources for them. In addition to these services, I co-facilitate counseling groups, provide anxiety management workshops, and outreach for the Center. 

What is it like to work with me?

My approach to counseling is integrative, so I utilize techniques from a variety of theories in order to meet clients where they are on our mutual path to help them reach their personal goals. I frequently incorporate elements from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy such as self-compassion and self-acceptance in conversation as tools to help navigate us on our journey toward realistic and empowering outcomes. My goal is to provide a warm, understanding space where clients feel comfortable and safe to be themselves and to look deeper into the roots and effects of their feelings and their behavioral patterns.

What do I do at JMU outside of the Counseling Center?

I am completing my third and final year in JMU’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling M.A./Ed.S program. Outside of JMU, I love to go hiking with my partner and my friends, and I am frequently experimenting with my exercise routine. When I’m looking to reconnect with myself, you can find me painting, cross-stitching, singing and working on my mediocre guitar/keyboard skills, and living every day like Halloween.

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