Owning our story can be hard, but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” Brene Brown
Annie is qualified by her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Covenant College and a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work with a Graduate Certificate in Trauma Treatment from Widener University. Inspired by the work of Dr. Bessel Van der Kolk and Dr. Dan Allender, Annie also co-led a Trauma Survivor’s Group for women facing childhood abuse or incest, some for the very first time. Annie has also worked for several years as a Crisis Intervention Specialist on crisis hotlines (NSPL, NAMI, Phone Friend for Kids, 2-1-1, LGBT-Q Trevor Lifeline, DJS Assault Report Line, & REACH Crisis), responding in person for emergency assessments in collaboration with Emergency Services, hospitals, and law enforcement. She also has worked in a Community Walk-In Crisis Center, meeting people in their moments of crisis and helping them get connected to long term resolution and healing. All of these experiences have honed her empathetic response, diagnostic and risk assessment skills. Annie is ASSIST and SPI trained for Suicide Response and Safety Planning.
Songwriter Jon Foreman penned that “the wound is where the light shines through,” and Annie wants to chase where the light shines through, with you. She loves walking alongside women and girls struggling with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic symptoms, loss/grief, intrusive thoughts, various forms of abuse and incest, suicidal ideation, or self-harm, and guiding them into greater safety, peace, confidence, and balance. She considers it a sacred privilege to journey with you through your pain, confusion, ambivalence, and fear, toward wholeness, healing, integration, and freedom. PTG is an acronym researchers use for “Post-Traumatic Growth”. Annie has witnessed extraordinary PTG in her own life, and believes that the strongest souls have emerged through great suffering with immense beauty, battle scars, and personal superpowers.
Working largely from a person-centered, strengths-based, and trauma-informed perspective, Annie uses TF-CBT and Narrative Therapy as appropriate to empower you to unravel the knots that keep you stuck. She also holds space in her practice for music, art, prayer, mindfulness, and play therapy inspired interventions, if desired. Annie draws from the comfort and courage of the Spirit in her work, and Jesus’s love bolsters and influences her therapy practice, growth, attitude, and responses to others.
Annie moved from her hometown in Maryland to Richmond in 2019 to marry and start a new chapter with her husband. In her downtime, Annie enjoys hiking and watching documentaries with her husband, songwriting and recording on her guitar, uke, and harmonica, training outdoors for races with running/prayer buddies, and playing soccer with her church team. Annie has several nieces and nephews who have stolen her heart.