My Approach to Helping
There are a million reasons that a person might seek therapy. Depression, anxiety, relationship or parenting problems are just some of the most common. Therapy is like a safe harbor where you can come work out issues in your life in an accepting and open environment that allows you the space to explore your feelings and thoughts. I use cognitive behavioral therapies along with mindfulness training to help you begin to notice and challenge the thought patterns and beliefs that support dysfunctional thoughts, behavior and lifestyle choices. It is my privilege to use my training to help you gain insight into yourself and build the life you want. Therapy is both a treatment with evidenced based interventions and a relationship that assists you in making lasting life changes.
More Info About My Practice
I am a mental health therapist in private practice in Decatur, Georgia. I completed my Masters degree in Counseling and Psychology at Troy University and I have gone on to pursue specialized training in evidenced based treatments for anxiety, depression, insomnia and behavior problems in childhood. I believe that therapy should not be a mysterious process and that the brain is flexible and very treatable. I work in a collaborative and open way with acceptance on the top of my list of traits I seek to show and teach. I am a veteran of the U.S. Navy and the mother of a teenager and a small zoo of pets. I am a member of the Association of Contextual Behavioral Science and actively seek out training opportunities to constantly update and improve my clinical skills.
Importance of the Client-Therapist Alliance
I really can't say enough about how important the therapeutic relationship is to the recovery process. I so enjoy the relationship that I form with my clients and I deeply care about them, their happiness and ability to thrive in their lives. The unique nature of the therapist-client relationship creates a place for both to grow as people and for the client to learn new ways of living their lives with honest feedback from someone with a deep understanding of human behavior and creating a life worth living.
My View on the Nature of 'Disorders'
Many of the psychological problems that come up for us in life are a normal part of life. They are not invited, enjoyed or welcomed, but they are a normal part of life. Much like the common cold, feelings such as depression and anxiety come and go in our lives depending on what is going on in our environment. Knowing how to respond to these episodes can make them a short experience but when we don't know how to respond to them they can become long-term and stick around until we do something about it. Therapy is about teaching you how to respond to these experiences in way that helps you move on with your life and not get bogged down in them.