If you’ve landed on this page, you’re likely either a trauma survivor (there’s so many of us out here) or working to help others heal from traumatic experiences. You aren’t alone and I can help introduce you to ideas and resources.
I am a survivor of childhood abuse with an ACE score of 9, who has worked in the trenches of the mental health system for nearly 20 years.
I started my career as a mental health inpatient tech, helping people get through crises and breaks in their lives. I shifted into intensive case management and then health home care management. That experience opened my eyes to the ripple effects of trauma in people’s lives.
I worked with hundreds of individuals in their homes and communities. Young men and women just getting out of high school trying to find their way, pulling from a dry well of parenting guidance, to older adults still working tirelessly to create the kind of life they want to live.
Trauma effects everything – housing, treatment, basic life skills, parenting, relationships, everything. And it was the one thing that nearly every person I worked with have in common.
Currently, I am the program director for Milestone Manor, a mental health and trauma recovery community residence. I get the honor of working with individuals in their home. for someone like me who geeks out on the idea that behavior is language, it’s right where I need to be. Our program thrives because we recognize that a residents ability to recognize behavioral patterns is key in helping them break down and through personal and systemic barriers. We learn with them how to do that. Using relational repair and harm reducing approaches , we’re able to help people break it all down and hash out plans to address the sources of their symptoms.
Because I’ve both witnessed and fallen through systemic cracks, I’m determined to address and help resolve them through writing, public speaking, and educating communities how and why implementing non-clinical “boots on the ground” trauma informed approaches is vital to sustainable change and growth.
As you navigate through my website, don’t hesitate to reach out with questions or thoughts you’d like to share. Small talk makes me nervous. I crave connection to like-minded individuals who are ready and willing to help shift our culture of healing.
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