My Approach to Helping
I use various therapeutic techniques that are unique to each individual. As a counselor, I use many different approaches to address each persons different personality and areas of concern in order to help achieve the desired improvement and growth in those particular areas. I help to empower you with the skills to develop new thinking patterns and change undesirable behaviors through a variety of methods that work best for you. As your counselor, I seek to provide a safe and trustworthy environment for you to openly share your feelings and reach your goals together in a united effort.
More Info About My Practice
I am a skillful, compassionate and empathetic counselor with a passion to instill a positive change among individuals who may be struggling with a diversity of conflicts. I obtained my master's degree in Counseling from Webster University and completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Tennessee with a bachelors degree in Psychology. Some areas of my experience include depression, anxiety, substance abuse, emotional regulation, eating disorders, self-esteem, behavioral problems, and mood disorders. I enjoy working with individuals ranging from school-age children to older adults.
I am also Board Certified Telementalhealth (BC-TMH) credentialed provider which identifies those professionals who are uniquely trained in best practices for delivering traditional behavioral healthcare through technological means. BC-TMH credential holders have met nationally established telemental health criteria. I am currently accepting new clients and I look forward to hearing from you!
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
What have you got to lose?
If you are struggling with something, BIG or SMALL, why not come in and see if it helps. You may be surprised! You owe it to yourself to feel better mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Life is too short to be anything but joyful and having the best quality of life each day you can!
I will give you 100% from me in our journey together because it is my job as your counselor to help you learn how to experience life the way you were intended to; but you have to be willing to put in some work. The more you put in the better you will feel. Think of it as physical therapy if you had a broken leg--you would have to do little exercises each day working to get it back to functioning correct? Well, your mental health is the same way, you have to do exercises, practice and work at it daily to get your thoughts, emotions and state of mind back in a healthy, balanced, functioning manner.
But even if you aren't really struggling with anything major..I'm a huge believer that we can always improve ourselves as humans in some way! Why not work towards being the best you that you can be! SO..Are you ready?
Had a Negative Therapy Experience?
First of all, I want to apologize on behalf to any of you who may have had a negative experience with a counselor or just the whole counseling experience in general. I am truly sorry that happened to you! However, that being said, please don't let that keep you from getting help that you need. I am sure you are familar with the saying, "don't let one bad apple spoil the bunch." Well it is somewhat similar to that! We are not all like that. I know how difficult that experience must have been for you. Don't continue to punish yourself by staying trapped in the cycle of anger, guilt and shame, and never getting any help because of the past.
Counseling can be fun and is so worth it! Aren't you ready to start feeling better? I hope to hear from you!
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
This may vary with each person but their are a few important considerations to consider when choosing a therapist such as follows:
Consider Education, training, licensure
status and years in practice
Areas they specialize in, specific
services they offer, type of clients they see
in relation to you
Treatment approaches and philosophy
Which insurance providers they work with
Office hours, fees and length of sessions
Then of course most importantly, you have to meet with them for a few sessions to see if you like them and if it?s a good therapeutic fit! You have to feel comfortable and safe with them or the therapy will flop.
How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist
My winding journey through life has made me the proud, hardworking and dedicated counselor that I am today. My own personal experiences have allowed me to feel much of what most of you will bring into my office therefore I am actually able to know and understand what you are feeling and going through most of the time because I have been there in my own shoes.
As you share some of your innermost feelings and the difficult issues you may be facing, I am able to genuinely empathize with what you are telling me.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
Sadly, this is one of the most incorrect and dangerous misunderstandings that our society has forced on it's people generation after generation. SO many people suffer silently with mental illnesses, many taking their own life because they believe this lie that they have to be strong enough to beat it on their own.
By attaching such a negative stigma to anything mental health related, even more so if you are a male, people were trained to "push it all inside and pretend everything is OK," so I'm smiling, laughing at the barbecue but when I get home I lash out and say really hurtful words to my wife even tho I didn't want or mean to and now I'm left feeling really bad and guilty for what I did--so here comes the guilt and shame but wait we've been taught not to address feelings and emotions like these, so let's just shove them down some more. When in reality, I am running out of room to stuff anymore feelings on the inside so they are starting to overflow outwardly. I'm feeling out of control..and I can no longer keep it together on the outside because I'm exploding with all these feelings and emotions of rage, shame, sadness with no clue how to process them..so finally, inside becomes outside and I'm forced to face my demons.
Now my.poing of all that was that if we would just go to therapy and learn the tools we need to process our emotions and feelings in a healthy way instead of thinking we can do it all on our own we wouldn't get to the point of explosion where our last resort is therapy.
I personally believe everyone should be in therapy because relationships and communication can always be improved, self-esteem, self-worth, self-care..it is just a good practice to take care of yourself!
The Duration and Frequency of Therapy
Sessions usually last 50-60 minutes, once a week. Or at your discretion.