As a therapist, I have had the opportunity to provide support and encouragement to people as they face life challenges, and I have assisted them in their journeys toward growth and wellness. My approach is warm, compassionate, and genuine, and my focus is holistic, allowing all aspects of your wellness to be addressed. It is important to me to provide a safe, non-judgmental environment so you feel comfortable while working through your areas of concern. Through counseling and education, my passion is to empower you to be the best version of yourself.
I foundationally work from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) perspectives, and am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), which is a specialized training addressing trauma. As we work together, I may utilize other techniques to meet your unique needs. My specialties include trauma (PTSD), grief, depression, anxiety, personality disorders, emotional distress, and relationship issues. I have experience working with individuals from various backgrounds, so I am sensitive to your value and belief systems when helping you accomplish your goals. A person's transition to wellness through personal growth is remarkable to observe, and it happens every day.
I look forward to the opportunity to meet you and help you realize your hopes and dreams!
Working with families, students, & individuals over the years has taught me that taking the first step in seeking help & guidance can be very rewarding. I hope to be a source of support in this endeavor. I will be with you providing guidance as you learn to navigate life & all that it may hold. During my work as a professional high school counselor, I have had experience working with countless students encountering a variety of challenges. Working with students sparked my desire to invest in both children & adults’ lives on a deeper & more consistent level.
I have experience in counseling individuals with anxiety & depression. It has been my joy to assist them as they develop coping skills that work for their needs. I enjoy working with families to improve cohesion. During these sessions, I have taught behavioral skills to the children & helped the parents explore techniques that work best for their family. I operate from both a CBT and solution-focused perspective. I have found that these frameworks work wonderfully together to help identify areas in your life that are causing tension and practical ways of realizing your true self. Warmth and open-mindedness will always be at the forefront of my sessions. I would love to help you on your journey to wellness.
After receiving invaluable warmth & empathy during my own experience of therapy, I felt obliged to give back to others with the same compassion. To assist clients struggling with issues from depression & anxiety to PTSD & Bipolar Disorder, I combine an eclectic and collaborative approach rooted in attachment theory with the goal of shifting a client’s experience from survival to one of well-being. I have focused my training on serving survivors of trauma. I use my certification as a TC-Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator & training in EMDR therapy to help clients process the difficult emotions that follow surviving traumatic experiences. In addition to adults, I provide adolescents & children services, drawing upon the experience I gained during the 3 years that I served as the counselor for Greene County Georgia's school district. When not cultivating my therapy practice, I can be found playing with my dog Walter, enjoying art & music, practicing yoga, loving horses, gardening, and laughing.
Recovery from mental illness, substance abuse and misuse, and abusive or toxic relationships is a journey. Wholeheartedly, I believe that a person can change and grow no matter where they are in life, personally or ecologically. Our minds, bodies and souls are connected. I have 20 years of experience working with individuals who were in some sort of disconnected state. By
disconnected, I mean from sound mind, marginalized by poverty, ability, age, or circumstances. As a social worker, my approach is from a strengths perspective when working with individuals within their environment. I help with understanding how to advocate for one’s needs and exploring one’s rights. I help individuals with becoming aware of their feelings, thoughts and beliefs, and teach ways to accept and then change. I provide support through processing, feedback and coaching for individuals working through the failures and successes of their journey; most importantly, I hold a safe space for an individual. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), which is a specialized training addressing trauma. I also use Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) interventions, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI). I have three daughters, ages twenty-one, nineteen and seventeen, and have a partner of 29 years. I have found a new hobby in “attempting” to garden and I love to read and learn. I am currently under supervision until Iobtain my LCSW. My supervisor is Carrie Stewart, LCSW (GA), LISW-S (OH).
We provide services for individuals, families, and couples. Our education and experience enables us to offer effective outpatient, individualized, and person-centered psychological care. We collaborate with psychiatrists and other community partners when necessary in efforts to provide the optimal treatment experience.
Our focus is to provide support, empathy, and encouragement. We will educate you about your diagnosis and symptoms when necessary. We will strive to help you process various possibilities for managing your symptoms in order to help you reach your goals. We will create an environment that is a neutral, safe space. We listen to your concerns and help you identify solution-focused coping skills.
We promise to be there for you every step of your journey. Our goal is to help you grow from your struggles, heal from your pain, and move forward to where you want to be in your life.
Depression, fear, and anxiety are some of the most common and uncomfortable emotions that we can experience at some point in our lives. Through counseling and treatment, We are able to help you recover motivation, perspective, and joy that you once had in your life.
Many individuals can experience symptoms associated with painful and traumatic circumstances. Anxiety, fear, and hopelessness are a few emotions that can linger post traumatic events. We can help you overcome these symptoms and guide you through the process of grief and healing.
Relationship counseling can be beneficial to couples who are looking to strengthen their emotional connection, in all stages of their relationship. Therapy sessions are held with both couples and is a supportive place to discuss issues and solutions to better strengthen your relationship.
Please contact us for a free consultation.
1071 Founders Boulevard, Suite D, Athens, Georgia 30606, United States
09:00 am – 08:30 pm
Mon-Fri: 9:00 am - 8:30 pm
Sat: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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