I graduated with my undergraduate degree in journalism with an emphasis in photojournalism. After doing some work for a domestic violence shelter I knew helping people was my true passion.
I went back to school and received a master’s in social work from the University of Kansas and currently hold a license in Kansas and Missouri. Directly out of graduate school I began a career with United Way of Greater Kansas City. With this job I was able to connect people with resources, but my real passion was working in the oncology community. I co-founded a local not-for-profit, getJEFFed (if you haven’t heard of us, ask me), and this is where I spend most of my volunteer time.
I went on to work at Gilda’s Club Kansas City. Here, I facilitated support groups and provided individual therapy for people with a variety of cancer impacts. I enjoyed helping people process the mental health side of their medical journey.
I then became an inpatient therapist at Stormont-Vail Behavioral Health. I worked with people needing inpatient crisis psychiatric care. I was truly inspired by the individuals I was privileged to serve. What was missing for me was investing in the relationship over time…getting to know someone and helping them on their journey.
So here it brings me to Tillery Time Counseling. My specialty areas of helping people include grief & loss, trauma (including medical trauma), abuse/neglect, self-injury, mind/body, depression and anxiety. I specialize in Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy® as part of treatment, when appropriate. I feel it is truly a privilege to work with individuals during their healing journey.