Meet the Experts
Founder, Expert Facilitator
PSS, LPC, NCC
Hello! Thank you for visiting Peervida.com. Please feel welcome. As a peer, I have been where you are! Having suffered for decades with mental illness and the shame and stigma of it, I know how challenging it can be to feel understood and to feel better. Through my own journey, I discovered that my interests and talents lie in helping others discover how to create lives with meaning and enjoyment. I became a Peer Specialist in 2014 and fell in love with this work. I find happiness and peace knowing that my experience can be used to help you become your best self. In addition to being a Peer, I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of CO, FL, AZ, NM, and NJ. I also provide ERP therapy to individuals around the world. I specialize in the treatment of OCD using Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) therapy. Please visit my website for further information (www.countercurrentcbt.com). Outside of work, I enjoy running, traveling, and spending time with my family and our two dogs, Lucy and Mojo. I am a big fan of foreign films, salsa and bachata dancing, and I love to eat sushi.
My OCD relapse in the spring of 2020 left me feeling isolated, hopeless, and alone with intrusive thoughts I couldn’t make sense of. In addition to finally getting the right diagnosis and starting the right treatment after years of being misdiagnosed, peer support groups have been a real lifeline for me. Besides helping me normalize my symptoms and gaining useful insight and tips from others, I had finally found a community of people who just get it, and who made me feel seen and understood. For me, peer support was probably as therapeutic as going to therapy, while at the same time being more accessible. I now want to give back some of the healing and support I have received, because I believe that simply being in a community with people who understand is such an underrated resource, but so essential to our mental and physical well-being. My aim is to walk alongside people in their OCD recovery journey and provide groups that are non-judgemental and safe. I can work with clients in English and German. I live in Vienna, Austria, where I run a local group and am currently getting a diploma in counseling. In my free time, I love to dance, travel, read, and be in nature whenever I can.
PSS, MS, QMHP
Life throws us curve balls that may result in feelings of anxiety, depression, and grief, among others. My goal is to help you navigate life’s challenges by empowering you to focus on your recovery efforts and overcome these feelings. I am non-judgmental and culturally diverse, believing that everyone has a voice and must be treated with respect and dignity. I have experience working with individuals of all ages. I am an advocate for domestic violence survivors, sexual abuse survivors, emotional abuse survivors, children in foster care, and other populations. I have an MSc in Addictions Counseling. In my free time, I enjoy swimming and reading.