There is more written than anyone would ever want to read in terms of what strategies work best in therapy. The bottom line is that working with a counselor involves building a relationship. This is so essential that research studies show time and time again that the therapist-client relationship has more of an impact on the effectiveness of therapy than the particular strategies and techniques the clinician uses.
That being said, I utilize Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), client centered therapy and interpersonal therapy to support individuals in pursuing their personal growth, finding their own answers and their own balance in life. I tend to be informal and collaborative in my work with clients. I am passionate about working with women, and while I will see the occasional male client, I have a caseload filled with dynamic and wonderful women seeking to heal, grow, succeed, strengthen their relationships and be authentic to themselves and those around them. I enjoy working with anxiety, depression, OCD, trauma, and identifying and resolving how someone’s past may be unconsciously impacting their day-to-day life. I also enjoy working with the problem drinker in recovery, and with the loved ones of problem drinkers.
I have specialized training working with women who are experiencing depression and anxiety related to infertility, pregnancy loss, pregnancy and childbirth. I have treated more than 50 women with mood and anxiety disorders related to postpartum depression and other perinatal mood disorders. I am a Gottman Certified Bringing Baby Home Educator, an alumni of Postpartum Support International’s components of care, and I consult with and teach for Mental Health America of GA’s Project Healthy Moms.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice in Atlanta, GA. I am a member of The American Counseling Association, the Georgia Therapists Network and follow the ethical and best practice standards of my profession. I also give lectures and workshops related to mothering, perinatal mood disorders and women’s issues – especially work/life balance and working inside the home after career.
My professional and personal writing has been featured in Atlanta Parent Magazine, on PostpartumProgress.com and in national and regional poetry magazines.
I graduated with Honors, Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Georgia. As a young adult, I moved to Washington, D.C. where I worked as a news writer for Voice of America and then my career took me to Atlanta where I worked in marketing and public relations with clients such as Chick-fil-A and Kilpatrick Stockton. In 2005, I attended UNC Charlotte where I earned my Masters degree in Community Counseling. I chose counseling because of its focus on clinical work – i.e.: how to sit with people and be a masterful therapist in sessions.
On a personal note, I have a life outside of work and interests and hobbies. I am married and have four children and a very large dog. I enjoy creative writing and being active. My family is very involved in our church. I believe in mind-body-spirit wellness, and try, sometimes more successfully than others, to strike that balance in my own life.