“We therapists are small potatoes but we are connected to an ancient and beautiful idea.” – Mary Pipher, Letters to a Young Therapist
As a Licensed Professional Counselor, I enjoy working with adults, teens, and families in the pursuit of healthy, fulfilling lives. I find myself very lucky to be in a profession where I get the opportunity to connect with so many different types of people and share in their journeys as they discover new paths. Below I share some more details about my background in the field of counseling.
Education & Work Background:
Master of Arts, Professional Counseling ~ Liberty University
Bachelor of Arts, Sociology ~ University of Georgia
Georgia License: LPC008828
Prior to beginning my private practice, I gained experience at several agencies in the metro Atlanta area, including Family Recovery where I facilitated group therapy to treat substance abuse, sex addiction, and family violence offenders. At Families First, a non profit organization in Atlanta, I worked with individuals and families, helping in the areas of marriage, parenting, depression and anxiety, self-esteem and independence, and general growth and well-being. Additionally, I have gained experience working at Alana Recovery, an addiction outpatient treatment center in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Philosophy & Approach:
The tenants I aligns with and which guide my work include: attention to emotion, compassion, acceptance, authenticity, responsibility, curiosity, and respect for self.
My approach to counseling originates from psychodynamic and attachment theory perspectives. I find that that deeper meaning is often hidden below the surface of habitual choices. In therapy, we take time to explore this meaning in an emotionally sensitive way. Personal experiences and bonds developed throughout childhood and into adult life has a great influence on personality and ways of coping with difficulty. Therefore, sharing your whole story is a part of the therapy process as well. Together, we work to uncover your unique needs and goals.
Areas of Interest:
I have a special passion for working with teens & young adults. More generally, I enjoy helping those wanting more out of their lives – be it clarity about direction, improved feelings of worth, deeper love and connectedness in relationships, or overall greater meaning and fulfillment. In sorting through these important topics, individuals often explore issues involving moods, stress, self-esteem, friends & intimate relationships, family of origin, spirituality, and your self/body image, just to name a few. If I do not feel well- equipped with my particular tools and counseling style to help you, I will be glad to refer you to another counselor who may be a better fit.