WHO I AM and HOW I CAN HELP
My Qualifications and Training:
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), licensed by the State of Georgia, a Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor (CPCS) through the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia, and a Board Certified Professional Christian Counselor (BCPCC) through the Board of Christian Professional & Pastoral Counselors. I have earned certifications as a Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional (CCATP) through the Institute of Certified Anxiety Treatment Professionals, Certified Relationship Coach through the American Association of Christian Counselors, and Certified Clinical Telemental Health Provider (CTMH) through Evergreen Certifications. I am also currently an affiliate member of the Trauma Research Foundation. I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Applied Behavioral Studies with an emphasis in Community Counseling and Marriage & Family Therapy, and a Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) in Community Care & Counseling / Marriage & Family Counseling.
I began working in the Counseling field in 1986, and have a broad range of experience working with adults, teens, and children at in-patient hospitals, public mental health facilities, and in private practice. I have counseled individuals, couples, families, and groups, have led counseling seminars for the community in Habersham, Gwinnett, Fulton, and Cobb County churches, schools and hospitals, have been a frequent guest on the radio speaking on mental health issues, have trained church lay counselors in basic counseling techniques, have taught undergraduate Psychology at a university, and have mentored and supervised Masters-level interns, Associate Professional Counselors, and Licensed Professional Counselors. I co-founded and am the clinical supervisor of the Habersham Survivors of Suicide support group. I am one of the founding clinicians at the Family Resource Center where I treat adult survivors of adverse childhood experiences and where I am the Clinical Supervisor, and I maintain my private practice in both Hall and Habersham counties where I see adults for both individual and couples counseling.
My Theoretical Orientation:
The type of counseling I do fully integrates Christianity with psychology, and is most closely aligned with a combination of Neurologically-informed "Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy" (CBT) including mindfulness and self-compassion-based therapies and "Acceptance and Commitment Therapy" (ACT), as well as "Systems Theory" and traditional insight-oriented "Psychodynamic Therapy." The techniques I use promote insight, understanding, and self-awareness to re-wire the brain, and empowerment to make healthy and meaningful life choices. When working with couples, I also use "Functional Analytic Couple Therapy" and "Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy" to help restore love and respect in intimate relationships.
Currently, I work with adults (ages 21 and up) in individual and couples counseling. I no longer specialize in working with children and teenagers, chronic mental illness, or perpetrators of violence, but I do enjoy working with the families and caretakers of these individuals. I would be delighted to provide referrals for these issues.