I am a doctoral candidate at Texas Woman’s University, on my final training year here at Hopkins. I hold a master’s degree in community counseling from Loyola University Chicago. My research interests and dissertation cover the topic of Hikikomori, a condition where adolescents socially isolate in extreme ways. My research also covers the various topics of social isolation generally. In my work I often integrate my personal identities and interests, bringing nerdy and pop culture references and examples to help relate to my clients. I have also been known to incorporate games like Dungeons and Dragons into my work. I currently facilitate and have originated tabletop gaming groups in two of my training settings and hope to further the field by sharing what I have learned so far.