Provider type: Therapist
Serving: Adolescent (Ages 12+), Adult
As a trauma-informed therapist, Hope welcomes you into a safe and supportive therapeutic environment. She’ll meet you where you are. During sessions you’ll experience compassion, understanding, and empowerment. You can gain an understanding of what trauma is and learn coping strategies to address trauma symptoms. When you’re ready and prepared, Hope will help you process your trauma and walk with through your healing process.
Hope uses assessments to develop an understanding of the experiences her clients have endured and then works with them to develop a treatment plan, which becomes the road map for therapy. Throughout the therapy process she uses active listening, psychoeducation, calming exercises, and empowerment through self-reflection.
Hope’s foundation as a clinician is in person-centered. She subscribes to the core conditions of therapy, which are genuineness, unconditional positive regard (acceptance and respect), and accurate empathic understanding. To those she adds evidence-based trauma modalities. For adults she implements EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). For children and adolescents, she implements TF-CBT (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy).
With a Master’s of Counseling from Webster University, St. Louis Missouri, Hope began working as an addictions counselor and then obtained trauma-informed and EMDR training. She has experience in community-based agencies, CAC/Rape Crisis Center (child advocacy center), and private practice with a focus on addiction and trauma in adults and children. She’s provided therapy in various settings, such as residential, out-patient, home, office, and telehealth.
Hope believes therapy is driven and paced by the client, and that everyone is deserving of healing. During training in anti-racism, she became more aware of cultural barriers and privileges that exist and hinder healing processes, therefore, she takes steps daily to be an ally and educate not only herself but her family on ways to become an ally for POC and LGBTQ identifying people.