In addition to being certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid by the National Council for Behavioral Health, I’ve earned the following praise, as well as awards and accolades from these prestigious organizations:

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The following presentation is suitable for students in grades 7-12 and includes PDF files of the self-reflective tools discussed in my presentation as well as conversation starters that can be used to facilitate small group, follow-up discussions.


In this fast-paced, thought-provoking presentation, I’ll share how my childhood traumas led to emotional voids, resulting in depression, anxiety, addictions and other self-harming behaviors. I’ll also share how medical science proves there is healing power that comes from helping others, but that it can only be experienced when we’re intentional about helping ourselves first. If you have teens, or work with teens, this presentation is a must-see for your students and is well paired with the presentations below, Relationship Rx for Parents and Teens, as well as Stop the Struggle: Tips for Teachers with Stressed Out Students.

The following presentations are suitable for anyone who lives or works with students in grades 7-12 and is well-paired with the presentation above, ensuring everyone involved in a teen’s life receives the hope and healing they need at this critical time.


While there are many topics traditionally considered too taboo to discuss with our children, the US Department of Health and Human Services reports suicide is now the 2nd leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 10-24, indicating there is a HUGE need for parents to talk to their teens about difficult subject matter but, more importantly, for parents to listen to their teen’s struggles. In this session, parents will learn how to listen effectively, repairing and rebuilding their family’s relationship before teens fly the coup and parents become empty-nesters.


Teens are dealing with more now than they ever have been before. In this session, teachers will learn about the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges common among adolescents, including anxiety, depression, psychosis, eating disorders, AD/HD, disruptive behavior disorders, and substance use disorder. While participants will not learn how to diagnose or provide any therapy or counseling, they WILL learn how to support a youth developing signs and symptoms of a mental illness or enduring an emotional crisis.

To inquire about next steps, please take a moment to review my booking information.

“When you shared your story, it allowed me to open up to new ideas, to find myself and to have a deeper understanding of the situations I’m dealing with. You’ve helped me in more ways than you could ever imagine.” – High School Student
“I want to commend you and thank you for such a wonderful symposium today. Your presentation was relatable and engaging throughout. This is probably the most my students have gotten out of a symposium in my entire career.” – High School Administrator