I’m a therapist and writer with training in cognitive behavioral therapy and crisis intervention. My work is influenced by my studies in mindfulness meditation with my mentor, a Theravada Buddhist monk from Sri Lanka.
Prior to entering the mental health field, I was an arts journalist and non-profit leader.
I've been a featured contributor to: ShrinkTank.com; The Collagist; Skillman Foundation Knowledge Center (Guest Blogger); Second Wave Media/Metromode Detroit (Guest Blogger); Teachers and Writers Magazine; C-Magazine (College for Creative Studies); Metro Times (Detroit); New Times (Kansas City); Orlando Weekly; Alternative Press; Orbit (Detroit); Rockrgrl Magazine; Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians (Schirmer Books); Your Flesh Magazine; Times Herald/Gannett Newspapers (Port Huron); Jacket Magazine; The Rocket (Seattle); MusicHound Rock; The Essential Album Guide (Visible Ink Press); and the essay anthology, To Light a Fire (Wayne State University Press).
My poems have been published in Failbetter, The Collagist, Markszine, Detroit Stories (Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit), The Font, Exquisite Corpse, Detroit’s Metro Times, Temenos, Adanna, Dispatch Detroit, Abandon Automobile (Wayne State University Press), and Uncommon Core (Red Beard Press). My collection of poems, The Reverse Is Also True, was published by Doorjamb Press and later released as part of the Dzanc Books rEprint series.
My work in community mental health began at a crisis line. I was then promoted to therapist at a walk-in crisis center and later moved to utilization management and review, substance use disorder screenings and treatment referrals. This line of experience has given me a unique perspective on stages of crisis, from direct intervention to post-inpatient discharge planning.
I gained additional psychotherapy experience as a master-level intern at a shelter for homeless youth and as a home-based therapist. I've completed extensive training focused on trauma, suicide risk and suicide prevention, including ASIST: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training; the QPR Institute Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention; The Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS); and Seeking Safety, an evidence-based intervention for co-occurring PTSD and SUD.
After graduating with my Master of Social Work (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) from Wayne State University, I went on to finish a master-level Addictions Certificate at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) School of Social Work. I then earned a Master's of Strategic Communication from Michigan State University.
My highest commitments are to advocate for social change and to collaborate with individuals who want to realize and build on their own resilience and strengths. I believe in the transformative power that lives within each of us.