Interests and Experiences:
I am a Licensed Master Social Worker with an endorsement in Infant Mental Health and a certified Perinatal Mental Health Clinician. I have a passion for helping others and have always been drawn to the tiniest members of our society. From my own childhood, I was babysitting and playing with young children. As I reached college, it was clear that being a social worker and working with babies was my passion. Little did I know there was a perfect field called Infant Mental Health with a Perinatal Mental Health focus, waiting for me upon graduation. Over the past several years following graduation, I have focused my professional career on working with families with young children – addressing the relationship between the baby and caregiver. Through my own experiences in motherhood, I have taken a keen interest in supporting those individuals during the perinatal period – focusing on maternal mental health.
I graduated from the University of Michigan with a double major in Psychology and Sociology in 2006. During my time at U of M I spent a semester volunteering my time in an orphanage in Costa Rica. This experience solidified my desire to work with babies and their caregivers with a true focus on the relationship between the dyad. After receiving my undergraduate degree, I took a detour and pursued a role in the business world, which further clarified my true passion – working with babies and caregivers. I then attended the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work program, graduating in 2010 with a Masters in Social Work. Immediately upon graduation, I began a job working on an attachment based research project. From this rich experience I knew that doing direct work with families in their home and within the community was my next step in working with families. From there I became a home based therapist for over three years. I then had the adventurous opportunity to start my own practice in 2015 with a unique opportunity to serve families within my community.
To support the unique mental health needs of individuals in the perinatal period while providing advocacy and promoting best practice in the field.
- Perinatal Support International Perinatal Mental Health Certification (PMH-C)
- Michigan Association of Infant Mental Health Endorsement, Level III (IMH-E III)
- University of Michigan School of Social Work, Masters in Clinical Social Work 2010
- University of Michigan College of Literature, Science & Arts, Bachelors in Psychology and Sociology 2006