I grew up in Connecticut and transitioned to New Hampshire for my undergraduate studies. I continued to live in New Hampshire through my early twenties and moved to Chicago in 2009 to begin my doctoral program. While in Chicago I earned my M.A. in Counseling. I loved the atmosphere of Chicago and consider it to be one of my favorite cities, but ultimately I kept feeling a pull to get back to my New England roots. In my free time I love to travel and explore new places both domestically and internationally. I also enjoy running, snowboarding, reading, spending time with family, friends and my dog, and listening to live music.
What has been your most embarrassing moment (either at work or play)?
I played lacrosse in high school and once during a practice scrimmage, I was fooling around and hit myself in the face with my lacrosse stick. To be honest, I am not quite sure how this all unfolded because it happened so quickly, but I soon realized that my eyebrow had split open and I was bleeding. I was sent to the athletic trainer who believed that I would needed stitches. He kept asking me how the injury had happened, to which I sheepishly responded that I had been checked. At the time I considered this vague response an act of self-preservation. The trainer kept telling me that as captain, I could make my assailant do extra sprints for inflicting that kind of injury onto me. Every time he mentioned anything to this effect I would laugh and reiterate that I was sure the person did not intentionally mean any harm and that they probably felt badly enough. At this point, I was told that if I did not get stitches there would be a chance of scarring, which I was fine with, anything to make the humility of the whole situation go away. The trainer however was not finished, because he needed to call my mother to ensure that she was alright with my decision to deny additional care. When the trainer called my mother at work and explained the situation that I was struck in the face with a lacrosse stick, my mother’s first question was, “Did you she do it to herself?” I looked at the trainer who looked confused and I felt obliged to confess that I had, in fact, accidently done this to myself. When I walked out of the room I could still hear him laughing.
What is your favorite comfort food?
If you could take a trip anywhere in the world, where would you go?
The Galapagos Islands
Your favorite quote…
“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” –Albert Einstein
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Areas of interest
I am extremely interested in mindfulness practices and tend to view mental health as a way of being more authentic and genuine within ourselves. I also enjoy exploring issues around traumatic stress, grief and loss, and sexual identity.
M.A. in Counseling, The Adler School of Professional Psychology, 2012
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