I received my Master of Social Work with a concentration in mental health from the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University - St. Louis; the highest ranked school of social work in the nation during my years of attendance. I started out my career in mental health at Life Crisis Services providing crisis intervention for several suicide prevention help lines. In 2015 I began practicing as a mental health therapist at UMSL Counseling Services where I provided counseling to post-secondary students who attended that school.
Within this position at UMSL I realized the high number of people who experience significant trauma in childhood and never get help, suffering for years without needed treatment and healing. As a result, I chose to work next at Youth In Need where I provided counseling to children, adolescents, and young adults; many of whom which had experienced physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse.
Nearing the end of my tenure at Youth In Need, I realized it was time to move towards a purpose which I had developed in grad school: increasing access to trauma counseling for male survivors of sexual assault. While in grad school I realized male survivors are often under-served by the mental health field. Indeed, in my beginning years of practice I helped various male survivors whose trauma had been either overlooked entirely or under-treated by previous clinicians.
So in 2018 I started my practice - InnerStrength Counseling - so that I could more frequently work with male survivors of sexual assault while also focusing to a greater extent on my other specialty areas; helping people of all genders overcome depression, anxiety, relational difficulties, and trauma.