I received my BSW degree from the University of Georgia. Then I attended Valdosta State University, where I completed the MSW program.
I first became licensed as an LMSW by the Georgia Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists. More recently, I have also been licensed as an LCSW by the North Carolina Social Work Certification and LIcensure Board.
I have received additional training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).
I live with my husband in the Raleigh, NC area
I provide individual psychotherapy. I enjoy working with teens and young adults, as well as women who are middle aged and older. My approaches include:
I primarily work with adults and teens who are dealing with:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a present-oriented therapy focused on the relationship between thought patterns, emotional experience, and actions. CBT can help you to identify and alter negative patterns to gain significant improvement all three areas.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a mindfulness-based approach that promotes the pursuit of a meaningful life based on personal beliefs and values even through the existence of suffering and pain. This approach aims at six core aspects: acceptance, cognitive diffusion, being present, self as context, values, and committed action.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a support-oriented, cognitive-based approach that teaches therapeutic skills in four focus areas: mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, and emotional regulation. Standard DBT therapy utilized by certified DBT therapists must include patient participation in DBT group therapy; however, many therapists integrate DBT skill-training into individual counseling sessions for patients who do not attend group counseling
Christian Counseling is an approach that prioritizes personal faith as an essential part of healing. Therapy flows from biblical principles and may incorporate psychological techniques that fit with the framework of a biblical worldview.
TF-CBT is a structured, evidence-based treatment that treats a range of trauma related symptoms with the child/adolescent and parent/caregiver. It seeks to address impacts of trauma including affective (e.g. depressive, anxiety), cognitive, and behavioral problems, as well as improve the participating parent/caregivers personal distress about the child's traumatic experience, effective parenting skills, and supportive interactions with the child.