My Approach to Helping
"What's your story? I'd love to hear it. Everything you have done in your life, every person you've met, every interaction you've had, every hurt, every hope, every heart you've encountered leads up to the summary of your personal story you know so well. Our stories are usually focused on pain, disappointment, and negative change. But our stories can be altered. I believe I can help you see the sparkling, secure storyline hiding beneath the painful one. Our imagination is another realm in which we look at our lives.
When we ruminate over potential positive outcomes of change, we are using that imagination. When we let our anxious thoughts take control through fear of what may be or what may happen, we are using our imagination. Let me guide you to a new way of looking at your own life. Letâ€™s build healthy thought patterns and acceptance and forgiveness of our pain.
I apply a systemic perspective to my therapy practice. This school of thought conveys that nothing we do happens in a vacuum; we are all interconnected through a web of constant daily interactions with all people. I specialize in providing individual therapy for young adults, college students, artists and musicians, as well as couples and family therapy.
More Info About My Practice
I am a masters level clinician pursuing professional licensure. I graduated from the University of Georgia in 2014 with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and a minor in Human Development and Family Sciences. I completed my Masters of Science in Family Therapy at Mercer University in Atlanta in 2017. I have worked with a variety of clients at the Mercer Family Therapy Center and as a medical family therapy intern at Atlanta Medical Center in Morrow, Georgia. I work mostly with individual clients while incorporating a systemic therapy perspective.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I specialize in providing therapy for all types of clients, but I have a unique interest in young adults. Our experience as young adults paves a pathway for the rest of our lives. Too often we do not take the time to figure out who we are when we have the time. College students and graduate students experience a high level of stress that is often ignored due to the intense expectations in their schooling program. Working young adults are adjusting to a new stage in their life, often associated with new experiences such as relationship struggles, difficulty with friendships, and managing finances.
My Role as a Therapist
With the help of narrative and collaborative therapeutic beliefs and interventions, my theory of therapy can help clients inside and outside of the therapy room. Ultimately, all of these theories are based upon one common concept: language. Painful words and poor communication can make our world a hard place to live in, but language can also provide a space for each individual to explore their own story of their own life. Our stories, connections, and interactions are all based on the use of communication. It ultimately makes the most sense that my theory of therapy encircles language.
My Therapy Focus
I apply a systemic perspective to my therapy practice. Nothing we do happens in a vacuum; we are all interconnected through a web of constant daily interactions with each other. These interactions are with family, friends, lovers, colleagues and the people you smile to on the street. In therapy, we will work together on improving relationships with ourselves and others. I hope to build self esteem and agency that helps support the growth of other successful, healthy relationships.