I am a licensed Professional Counselor practicing in the Knoxville area of Tennessee. I am originally from New York. I spent four years in the U.S. Army in the area of military intelligence. While in the Army, I got my bachelors degree in Psychology from Chaminade University in Hawaii. Upon honorable discharge from the military I moved to Florida and attended the University of South Florida where I successfully completed my masters degree in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling with a certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy. I established my private practice in 2006 in Wesley Chapel, Florida prior to relocating to Knoxville, Tennessee. I am married to a wonderful husband and have 2 beautiful and spirited children. My family is my first passion. Helping families heal is my life's work.
I began my work with families in 2001. I started out in the field as a Child Protective Investigator with the Department of Children and Families. After 2 years I transitioned into counseling families that were in the system to help improve their parenting and relationship skills to assist them in getting out of the system. I did my counseling internship counseling teenage girls and their families in a moderate risk lock down facility. I have now been in private practice since 2006 focusing on marriage counseling with the philosophy that marriage is the foundation of the family. This work is important to me because I have seen in my own life how much people struggle with relationships. I have seen how people who start out loving each other, end up hurting each other. So it has become my life’s work to help couples and families learn to communicate in ways that nurture one another and form deeper bonds in their relationships. It is important to me to provide a safe and confidential environment where couples and families can talk about the difficult and sometimes painful issues that are causing difficulties in their lives.