“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” – Carl Rogers
Brittany loves walking alongside people when life has become overwhelming or they come to that difficult and brave place of knowing they need help. All people have the capacity to thrive and sometimes we all need help figuring out how to get there or what that looks like for us. Working mostly with individuals ages 12 and up, Brittany focuses on life transitions, depression, grief, anxiety, identity development, self-esteem, suicidality, and relationship conflict. With her background in Divinity, Brittany strongly believes in respecting the whole person and integrating spirituality into therapy with clients for whom spirituality is an important aspect of their lives. She is also passionate about working with the LGBT+ community and works with her clients on helping them connect with themselves and find wholeness.
Therapy works when people know that they are seen, not judged, and have space to truly see themselves and grow into who they want to become. In Brittany’s therapy, those are her goals. She believes in creating a safe place for people to find connection, hope, and holistic wellness. When working with people, Brittany begins every therapy relationship by coming alongside them and making sure they are working together on their goals. Based on someone’s therapy goals and needs, Brittany uses non-directive humanistic approaches to drive therapy. As a therapist intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), she integrates DBT skills and techniques into therapy when it is appropriate for the individual. Brittany also uses narrative, person-centered, interpersonal, CBT, and mindfulness therapy.
Brittany received her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health and Master of Divinity from Wake Forest University. She went to University of Richmond for her Bachelor of Arts where she dual majored in Psychology and Leadership Studies. Brittany has worked at Summit as a therapist since 2016. Prior to joining the Summit, she worked as a college counselor at Salem College. During that time, Brittany provided individual counseling to students to address a variety of mental health concerns including gender identity, depression, anxiety, suicidality, grief, and trauma. Before Salem College, Brittany also worked at a middle school and offered individual counseling to students with presenting concerns of anxiety, relationship conflict, and home conflict. In addition to therapy specific roles, she also worked as a children’s minister and co-led a nonprofit providing resources to women trapped in the sex trade.
When Brittany is not counseling, she can usually be found on a run, hike, bike ride, attempting to follow a complicated recipe in the kitchen, or following her husband on his photography adventures. She has two adorable fur babies and loves spending time with her family and friends whenever she can.