I am a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor in the State of Georgia (APC002959), and am nationally certified (268104), with a Master’s Degree in Community Counseling, and a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy from Argosy University. I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Child and Family Development from Georgia Southern University.
I have a wide array of experience working with people across the lifespan, from work with infants to geriatrics, and adults, both individually and in groups. I completed my Master’s level internship at Dekalb Medical where I trained in the emergency department doing crisis counseling and mental health assessments. I also conducted individual and group therapy on the inpatient behavioral health unit with adults experiencing various mental health issues ranging from depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, chemical dependence, dementia, and eating disorders. At Dekalb Medical, I facilitated post care follow up, and provided individual and group therapy with adults experiencing various mental health issues ranging from depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, chemical dependence, dementia, and eating disorders. I currently work as a mental health assessment counselor, and volunteer with MARR, Metro Atlanta Recovery Residences, where I lend support to individuals recovering from chemical and alcohol addictions/dependence. I am under the clinical supervision of Kisha Thomas, LPC, and the direction of Mark Schwartz, L.Ac. at Buckhead Acupuncture and Herbal Center.
I have extensive knowledge in working with children and teens, and over seven years of preschool teaching experience. I have spent five summers working in a residential camp setting with children age eight to sixteen years old, and have served as a theater, art and high ropes instructor. I am especially skilled in working with children and their parents to facilitate healthy boundaries, expectations, and to encourage positive parent child relations.
I believe that everyone, regardless of their background is entitled to emotional support, respect, guidance and acceptance. My approach is humanistic, and takes the entire individual, as well as one’s life experiences into account when providing therapeutic counseling. Though our past experiences often shape who we become as adults, I believes each person, with the integration of honesty, encouragement and insight, can make positive changes in order to live a calmer and more emotionally gratifying life.
My special counseling interests are in the fields of women’s issues, depression, anxiety, chemical dependence, divorce, relationships, self-esteem and empowerment, gender identity and GLBT issues.