My passion for mental health started out of curiosity about the brain and why people engage in maladaptive behaviors versus healthy ones. I quickly realized that environment and lack of positive influence greatly influences available coping mechanisms. I began volunteering in 2005 and have been working in the mental health field since. After obtaining my masters, I began to focus my therapy on strength based approaches and holistic health. I wanted to be able to reach underserved populations and have a meaningful impact on them individually and their communities.