Occasionally clients will ask me- “Why counseling? Your job must be so hard listening to people’s problems all day.” The truth is I love what I do. I love watching people succeed. Whether it’s individuals or families, I love the first time someone smiles in my session. I live for the moments when it all clicks together. When someone says, “I’ve never thought of it that way.” There is magic in healing, and I am so happy I get to be a part of that.
I could put a lot of clinical information on here. My education and background along with my theoretical orientation, (I’ll add it on the bottom if you are really interested in it) but, the bottom line is, I believe healing your mind and soul comes from a great therapeutic relationship between client and counselor. The counseling relationship is the only one where it is all about you. You get to let it all out. My job is about being fully present in the moment to listen, reflect, problem solve and, yes, use a bunch of theoretical educational information so we can have “ah, ha” moments together.
So you want to know about my education and experience?
I’ve worked with individuals, couples and families in crisis since 1995. From Early Intervention (ages 1-3) to Geriatric counseling—I’ve done a little bit of everything.I have worked in an outpatient setting seeing clients who mainly struggle with depression, anxiety, and personality disorders for more than 10 years. I also provide in-home counseling for families in crisis.
My Bachelor’s degree is in Family and Child Development from Auburn University and my Masters is in Counseling and Human Development from Troy State University. I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor in Alabama and Georgia.
My theoretical background?
I tend to lean heavily on cognitive behavioral therapy and solution focused therapy. I also use expressive techniques such as art, sandtray therapy and sometimes music!
I hope all of this helps you decide if I’m a good fit for you or your loved one. If you have questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.