I am often asked what drew me to the counseling profession. The simple answer is: I love stories. I love exploring the unique layers that make a person who they are. My background is in Art Education with an emphasis in photography. I believe my background in art helps me navigate the abstract dynamics of the therapeutic process. What I love most about art is similar to what I love about people. Upon first reflection a piece of art can be misunderstood, much like people. However, the more we understand and study a piece of art, beyond just aesthetics, we can feel and appreciate the depth it holds. People are the same. The more we see and get to know the dynamic parts of people a much larger, more grand story expands into view. When we understand the nuances of others we grow in empathy, connection, and we expand our world-view. In addition to loving art, I also love reading. One of my favorite books is the The Hobbit, and I can be found celebrating Hobbit Day each year. I love travel and and daydream often about where to go next. Every morning I delight in a bold cup of coffee. Most of all, my husband and two children are the greatest joys of my life.