My Approach to Helping
I work with each client as a team effort. Each client I see has their own story and unique perspective on that story, and I believe that within that story are the seeds to healing. My approach to helping my clients is in seeing each of my clients as a whole person who is struggling with something, whether it is anxiety, depression, relationships issues, substance abuse, communication, parenting, trauma, etc. Most often it is how we perceive a situation or a struggle that defines how we deal with it or respond to it. I hope that I can help you with whatever your struggle may be, and to help you rewrite your story. My favorite book of all time is Viktor Frankl's Man's Search for Meaning. One of the many wonderful things he says in that book is "When we are no longer able to change a situation we are challenged to change ourselves."
More Info About My Practice
I have been working in mental health in some capacity since 1992. I have worked in domestic violence, psychoeducation, in home therapy, community services, mentoring, substance abuse, residential foster care, individual, group, family, and couples counseling. I particularly feel that my strengths lie in working with women, teen girls, parenting issues, and anyone going through a challenging life transition & workplace trauma. I work with a large number of clients who struggle with anxiety, depression, trauma and addiction. I am certified as a Clinical Trauma Professional through IATP. I currently work in private practice in Carrollton, GA & 1 day per week in Dallas, GA. I am active in my profession by serving on the Board of Directors as President-Elect for 2017 as well as 3 prior terms as Western District Chair, for The Licensed Professional Counselors Association of GA (LPCA-GA).
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I feel especially skilled at working with parenting, teen girls, anxiety, depression, trauma, life transitions, relationship issues, self esteem, substance abuse, and families.
How Psychotherapy Can Help
Psychotherapy can help people work through life issues such as relationships, communication, guilt, shame, depression, feeling overwhelmed, parenting, anxiety, weight loss, making significant changes, dealing with loss, life changes and much more. Having a third party to listen in an objective but caring way to help you find clarity, new tools, life skills, and perspective. Sometimes we just need someone to listen.
My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy
I think Psychotherapy can help in a variety of ways. I am a trained professional in the art and science of Counseling and Psychology, but I am also a person who struggles from time to time as well. Having someone who can listen, help find solutions, give perspective, talk through, and work through whatever your struggle is, can help lighten what has felt like a burden for a long time. I am privileged to step into the lives of my clients, and I see it as a sacred place to be.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
I love being a Psychotherapist because I have the honor of hearing my clients stories. Each day I learn something new from clients and I hope that they are learning from me as well. Every day I am amazed at the strength and courage my clients have shown in their lives and being invited into those stories and asked for guidance and clarity. I love sharing my human-ness with my clients and in turn experiencing theirs.