I have always felt a connection to people and feel genuine care and trust in the relationships I build. My journey learning about people, culture and different ways of life began when I attended Ithaca College, in upstate New York, where I studied Cultural Anthropology and Sociology. After graduating in 2006, I was able to go to Tanzania, Africa and live with the Maasai people in Eluai village. It was a grassroots organization seeking support to help research the impact tourism was having on the Maasai way of life. This was a learning experience that really put things into perspective for me. Returning to Pittsburgh, I knew I wanted to continue to be with people, build connections and provide support and care. I began working in child welfare settings. I went on to live in NYC, continuing to work in social services and then eventually attended Hunter College School of Social Work. For seven years, I lived in NYC and I truly enjoyed living and working within this atmosphere. I moved back to Pittsburgh in 2015, continuing my journey as a social worker and earning my clinical license (LCSW). Working in a variety of different mental health settings, gaining skills as a clinical supervisor, becoming certified as a trauma-focused therapist, and specializing in anxiety on both a professional and personal level have provided me the experience and expertise needed to open my own individual private practice. I am grateful for these opportunities that have led me to where I am today, and I am thankful you are interested in coming to see me for therapy.