My Approach to Helping
Making the decision to begin therapy is often the first step of your journey toward self- discovery, and I consider it a privilege to be a part of your process. Over the years, I have learned that most people entering therapy are suffering from a lot of emotional pain and distress. This can be related to work, home life, loss, physical illness or pain, unhappy family relationships, infidelity, separation, trauma, transition, or the demands of a busy life. Whatever the cause, I am committed to helping you find relief, recognize your strengths, and accept, value, and care for yourself.
I believe that cultivating awareness is essential to change, so one of the cornerstones of my approach is developing mindfulness. During our first session, we discuss the reasons for your visit. For the second session, I offer you a 30-minute complementary session of relaxation training, also known as stress management or mindfulness training, in a special room with sounds of nature, a comfortable leather recliner, and dim lighting prior to therapy. At the end of your therapy session, I give you a relaxation CD to practice at home, if you wish. I learned the value of stress management training when I was in graduate school. The training changed my life and I now have a passion for teaching others how to manage their stress, because is essential to living a healthy life. You can read comments about the benefits of relaxation training on the Specialties/Stress Management page of my website.
More Info About My Practice
I work at The Center for Health and Well-Being with another psychologist, a psychiatrist, and two administrative assistants. We are a small private practice, and our goal is to provide comprehensive outpatient mental health services in a comfortable, peaceful environment. Services include psychological evaluation, including testing, individual, family, marital, and group therapy, psychiatric evaluation, and medication management for adults, adolescents, and children. We are on most major insurance panels and are open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Our office is located in the Wilton Center in Roswell, Georgia, 3 miles from I-400, near the intersection of Alpharetta Highway, East Crossville Road, and Mansell Road.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
Over the course of my clinical training and career, I have developed several areas of interest and expertise, which include mood disorders, trauma recovery, health psychology, and integrative couples therapy. Using a combination of cognitive behavioral techniques and the psychodynamic approach, I have worked extensively with those suffering from depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder, and bipolar disorder, often related to childhood loss, trauma, combat, or physical illness. My research interests, which focused on the relationship of emotional distress and physical illness, led me to study the effects of stress on health and to develop a model of psychotherapy which includes stress management training as an integral part of the therapeutic experience.
In recent years, I have been privileged to work with hundreds of members of the military community as they coped with the demands of multiple deployments, lengthy separations, and the devastating effects of traumatic combat experiences. This led me to write "At Ease, soldier! How to Leave the War Downrange and Feel at Home Again" and to co-author "The Clinician's Guide to At Ease, Soldier! Theory and Practice."
I am a Diplomate and am Board Certified in stress Management by the American Academy of Traumatic Stress and am listed as a Registrant in the National Register of Health Services Psychologists. As such, I am considered a leader in the field of crisis management, trauma recovery, and health psychology.