Licensed Professional Counselor
National Certified Counselor
Certified Anger Management Specialist
Certification in Marriage and Family Therapy
Certified Financial Social Work Counselor
Gottman Seven Principles Program Educator
Level 1 Gottman Trained
I believe you will find that the combination of my clinical knowledge, my passion for seeing others succeed, plus the wisdom I have gained from my own personal experiences creates a safe, highly effective and comfortable space for you to explore and create a future that is aligned with your values and goals.
In 1986 I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Management Science and Finance from the State University of New York at Geneseo. While working in the financial world I realized I was more drawn to and more suited to working with people’s stories and human behavior than numbers. Following this passion, in 2008 I earned a Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling, including completing an additional year for a Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy, from Argosy University Atlanta.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (Lic. #LPC006856) and a National Certified Counselor (Lic. #237424). I have also completed training to earn the designations of Certified Anger Management Specialist (CAMS), Distance Credentialed Counselor (DCC) and Certified Financial Social Work Counselor. I am an active member of the Licensed Professional Counselor Association of Georgia, American Counseling Association, Financial Therapy Association, Association for Specialists in Group Work, and Chi Sigma Iota (an international honor society for Professional Counselors). I am also an approved Gottman Seven Principles Program Educator.
While working at Highland Rivers, a Community Service Board outpatient center, I gained intensive clinical training and experience in treating my clients who were experiencing severe and chronic depression and anxiety, addiction, psychosis, obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder, grief, relationship issues, among many other mental health conditions.
My current practice focuses on stress management, anxiety, depression, negative financial behaviors, grief, life transitions, couples counseling, pre-marital counseling and personal empowerment.
Life is filled with challenges. As your counselor, I will work collaboratively with you to help uncover your existing inner strengths to work through those challenges. By incorporating various methods including solution focused, cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal therapy, motivational interviewing and mindfulness I am able to tailor the therapeutic experience to your needs. Together, we can look at ingrained negative behavior patterns or perceptions and make positive changes.
My desire is to work with you, where you are right now, to help uncover your existing strengths, passions, and motivation. We will look at lifestyle patterns in all areas of your life including exercise, nutrition, spirituality, social connections, and financial beliefs and behaviors that are not allowing you to reach your potential. By becoming aware of these negative behavior patterns we can work together to help you make small changes that will have a domino effect. Even the smallest amount of progress can relieve that “stuck” feeling, which propels further change and improvement.