My goal is to assist individuals, couples, and families overcome their struggles and advocate for the safety and happiness of each client that I meet. I am experienced in working with individuals who struggle with substance dependence, chronic mental illness, anger management, anxiety, and depression. Given that each client is unique, I take an eclectic approach utilizing CBT, DBT, acceptance-based, and solution-focused interventions.
In my couple's work, I utilize specialty training from my graduate program and have continued my education by completing levels I & II in Gottman Method Couple's Therapy and utilize Gottman Method Couple's Therapy in my work. This is an evidenced-based approach, resulting from over 30 years of research evaluating what separates happy couples from unhappy couples. Each couple that I see have the opportunity to enhance their skills in areas such as: increased trust, healthy communication, conflict resolution, self-soothing, increased positivity, and creating a shared meaning. Furthermore, clients will learn the skills to overcome gridlock on perpetual issues and establish patterns of turning towards each other, decreasing emotional loneliness.
When working with families, I take a systemic approach in efforts to increase the functioning among members within the familial unit. The notion behind this approach is that: to have the family live in harmony, each member must be functioning (i.e. coping, communicating, listening, behaving, etc.) appropriately. Another way to view this concept is: what affects each individual within the familial unit, affects the family as a whole. The goal for each family that I see includes learning the skills necessary to work together effectively and navigate through conflict in a constructive manner.
My schooling and professional experience includes earning my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Georgia State University and my Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Georgia. Upon completion from my Social Work program, I was able to obtain my certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy. Professionally, I have facilitated group therapy at the Grady Memorial Hospital Outpatient Clinic and the Dawson County Drug Court. Furthermore, I worked in the area of child welfare for approximately four years providing individual, couple's, and family therapy along with clinical evaluations to assess substance dependence, domestic violence, anger management, and parental fitness needs.