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 Georgia Association of Licensed Professional Counselors, a Board Certified Professional Christian Counselor (BCPCC) through the Board of Christian Professional & Pastoral Counselors, and a Certified Relationship Coach through the American Association of Christian Counselors. I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, a Master of Science 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 Master’s interns and Masters-level therapists. 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 at River Point Community Church 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 "Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy" (CBT) including mindfulness and self-compassion-based therapies, "Systems Theory," "Acceptance and Commitment Therapy" (ACT) and traditional insight-oriented "Psychodynamic Therapy." The techniques I use promote insight, understanding, self-awareness, 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.