I first worked with children and adolescents as a gymnastics coach 20 years ago. It was a joyful experience. I witness and experience that same joy as a counselor: seeing children work out their problems through play therapy; being present as an adult client learns to love, work, and play; and watching a family leave a session laughing again.

I continued my work with children and adolescents, first as a substitute teacher at an elementary school, and then as an Academic Coach at a therapeutic boarding school for high school boys. The school focused on helping students with ADHD. It was there that I began using a solution-focused approach to helping others. It also gave me the opportunity to apply behavior modification techniques in a therapeutic setting, techniques I now teach to parents.

​I first worked as a licensed counselor in 2009 at a busy community agency. During the four years I worked at the agency, I had the opportunity to work with varied problems, populations, and diagnoses, experiences that continue to inform my work.