About Lydia

“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. As Pipher reflects above, 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. Along with education and training, I have felt honored to work alongside other therapists who have instilled in me a deep respect for each person who bravely takes the step of entering therapy.

Lminear 10Education & Work Background:

Master of Arts, Professional Counseling ~ Liberty University

Bachelor of Arts, Sociology ~ University of Georgia

Georgia License: LPC008828

Before starting my private practice, I gained experience at several agencies in the metro Atlanta area. I received training in facilitating groups by working to treat substance abuse, sex addiction, and family violence offenders at Family Recovery in Gainesville, GA.  At Families First, a non profit organization in Atlanta, I worked with a variety of families, helping in the areas of parenting and family relationships, marriage, depression and anxiety, self-esteem and independence, and general growth and well-being. In addition to my private practice, I also continue to work 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 about experience, and respect for self and others.

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. Taking time to develop awareness of meaning in an emotionally sensitive and safe environment is therefore a part of the therapy work. One’s history 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. Together we work to recognize what you need in order to move forward in an authentic, healthy way while processing feelings and reactions to obstacles that appear along the way.

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.

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