As long as I can remember, I always wanted to help people. My first opportunity came when I was a stay at home mother of two, and decided to take in older foster children. My husband, who was a former foster child himself, and I fostered several challenging cases, mostly teens, over 19 years. In the end, we adopted two of them, a brother and sister. We learned a lot about ourselves during this time, our strengths and our weaknesses, as our parenting skills had never been challenged like this before. However, in the end, it taught us how to work with complex trauma on a deeper, more personal level, how to tap into a multitude of resources, and how to work as a team.
When my children became older, I obtained my recreation therapy certificate and an associates degree in order to work with the elderly in skilled nursing facilities for the next 6 years. Working with the elderly, a population often looked down upon, was such a joy, as I found this generation of people to be so grateful for what they had. Giving back to them through my work gave me an increased sense of purpose. While I enjoyed my job as a recreation therapist immensely, I often felt like I wanted to take a more active helping role as a social worker, and went back to school for my bachelors degree.
Shortly after, I obtained employment at CT Community Care, a non profit, for 7 years as a case manager. The first part of the journey was with the elderly for 4 years, doing home visits and managing their services. I was then offered the opportunity to switch my clientele to the acquired brain injured, which I did for 3 years. Working with this population was new and exciting, and it taught me how to be a team leader, how to advocate for others, and how to really listen to other people's stories. During this time, I obtained two graduate degrees: the first in counseling and the second in health psychology and behavioral medicine, as I wanted to teach and help empower others to help themselves by becoming a mental health therapist. I also became certified in brain injury, in order to continue advocating for the brain injured, a very misunderstood population.
After becoming licensed (LPC), I began part time private practice in 2014, building up my case load to full time in 2018. I practiced for 3 years in a holistic healing center, and due to this, I had an epiphany about the universe, which changed everything about how I saw myself, the people around me, and the community as a whole. After this event, I wanted to spread my knowledge to others, and began learning spiritual practices. I became a Reiki master, a ghost worker, a psychic medium and a student of the magical arts. I incorporate my knowledge base into my practice for those who are open to it, and will continue to teach conventional, spiritual and energy practices in order to help people heal themselves.