In addition to my private practice, I have also worked in the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) office at the Medical University of South Carolina. In that capacity, I counseled students who attend the various graduate schools at MUSC (medical, dental, nursing, and pharmacy).
Previously, I was a Needs Assessment Counselor at Palmetto Lowcountry Behavioral Health, a local private psychiatric hospital. In that role, I worked with patients facing acute mental health issues. I've also worked with students at the College of Charleston's counseling center. I have additional experience counseling military prisoners at the Consolidated Naval Brig in North Charleston. My first counseling experience was as a volunteer with the United Way's 211 Hotline.
M.A. in Clinical Counseling, Webster University, Charleston, SC
M.B.A. in Media Management, Columbia Business School, New York, NY
M.S. in Journalism, Columbia University, New York, NY
B.A. in English Literature, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY
My international travel has influenced my work as a counselor by exposing me to other cultures, customs, and adventures. I've visited more than 100 different countries and all seven continents. Here's an article that I wrote about my trip to North Korea in 2015:
The counseling process often involves getting out of your comfort zone. I've tried to put that into practice in my own life by trekking to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro as well as the base camp of Mount Everest. I've also run marathons, skydived, hang-glided and scuba-dived. The one thing I won't do is bungee-jumping.
In 2012, I spent four months in Armenia completing a fellowship with Kiva.org (an organization that promotes micro-finance lending in developing countries). These are two blogs that I wrote about my time as a Kiva Fellow:
And if you read down all this way, I will acknowledge that I appeared a couple of times on the reality TV show "Southern Charm." You can watch a clip below. I can't speak for the rest of the show, but I can tell you that all the sessions they filmed with me were totally unscripted. It was an interesting experience, but I can safely report that my reality TV show career is finished.