A Licensed Professional Here to Guide You
I didn't always know I would be a therapist, but I've always been drawn to listening to people and helping the understand their feelings. I studied therapy at Duquesne and became a Licensed Professional Counselor. I've been working with clients since 2015 and have experience in mental health, substance use, sex addiction, and attachment-based couples therapy. I'm focused on helping people dig deeper in therapy and to learn more about what makes us put up walls and run away. The more we learn about how we react, the better we can learn to respond in a healthy way.
I started Gray Cat Counseling in the beginning of 2020, just before the country shut down. I became inspired to open my own practice after building a behavioral health department at my former job. I knew I enjoyed building something that helped others, and wanted more autonomy over my day-to-day schedule. I named the practice Gray Cat Counseling after my 3 gray cats, Mikka, Josey, and Toze. Each of them had a difficult start in life, lived homeless and without love. I feel that a lot of people start out feeling alone and unloved, confused, and lost. Therapy can be a warm, safe place to provide belonging, acceptance, and the tools to find ourselves. I saw those three lost kittens grow into secure, confident cats who have experienced love, support, and stability. I believe that we all deserve a chance to create our own security, and to build our own internal resources.
Burnout is a common cause for withdrawing from work and relationships. Learning how to manage feeling overwhelmed and to practice healthy boundaries and self care will help combat corporate and relationship burnout. I use emotionally focused therapy combined with a few other evidence-based practices to teach people how to manage emotions, share openly and honestly and rebuild connection.
Communication issues look different for everyone. Burnout presents differently for everyone. Sometimes it's a girlfriend struggling with navigating consent and conversations around sex in a partnership, sometimes it's a couple fighting and pushing each other away emotionally. Men looking to find a way to have balance between work life and home life. Individuals looking to be able to set boundaries with family, or ask for some space to decompress after work. I ask people to try to come in with an open mind and a willingness to do the work. Therapy isn't magic or an overnight fix. It's hard and messy but also beautiful and fiercely rewarding. This work is for all of you who want to change but don't know how, are frustrated by the stress of ineffective communication in your relationships, workplaces, and families, and want to build something better. Using a collaborative approach you can start to feel understood, communicate your needs, and find connection in your life.