I am a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in couples therapy and trauma therapy. I maintain a private practice in Gainesville, Georgia.
With over 13 years experience as counselor, and as a graduate of University of Alabama specializing in Marriage and Family, I am currently serving as private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. Among my areas of expertise are stress and adjustment issues, trauma and loss, women's issues, depression and anxiety as well as sexual identity issues and relationship problems. I am interested in a holistic model to health and wellness and believe the path to healing is different for every person.
I am a caring, interactive, and systems therapist who is trauma-informed. My therapeutic approach is to provide listening and support to facilitate healing. I integrate complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, I work with each individual or couple to help them build on their strengths, release old ways of being, and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing. My professional interests include Internal Family Systems, mindfulness, positive psychology, mind-body connections, animal-assisted therapy and humor in therapy.
I have two Master's of Arts degrees, both from the University of Alabama. I received my Master's of Anthropology in 2001 and my Master's in Counselor Education in 2005 graduating first in my class. My background includes work as a Program Coordinator in a domestic violence agency as well as a year long internship in a hospital's psychiatric ward. I also worked with severely mentally ill adults in a day treatment program and eventually transitioned into doing work with children and families serving as a primary therapist for a group home. Most recently, I worked as a director of counseling, health services and spiritual life at a university.
License, Certifications & Advanced Training
I hold a license with the Secretary of State as a Licensed Professional Counselor, license number LPC005610. I am a certified Laughter Yoga Leader. I have advanced training in the Gottman Method, which is a particular kind of couples therapy founded on scientific research with thousands of healthy and unhealthy couples. I have completed Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 training as well as have received consultation in Gottman Method Couples Therapy (for more information, see www.gottman.com). I am a Certified Trauma Therapist completing a 9 month course through Dr. Bessel van der Kolk's Trauma Center. I have also completed intensive 40-hour training in trauma and loss therapy. When a person is ready, I am trained to help resolve trauma using a technique called "Progressive Counting" that does not require traditional talk therapy. I have also completed the first level in Internal Family Systems and use this model throughout my work to help people release pain and "stuck-ness" to embody a balanced and harmonious inner world.
Professional Publications, Papers & Presentations
Give Me Shelter: Temporal Patterns of Women Fleeing Domestic Abuse – co-authored with Kathryn Oths, Ph.D. Human Organization, 2007: 66:3.
“’Stayin’ Gone: How Social Support Shapes Help-Seeking of Women Fleeing Abuse” presented as a symposium paper at the annual meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology (March, 2002).
“’Stayin’ Gone: Social Support and Help Seeking of Battered Women Fleeing Abuse” – Master’s thesis (UA), 2001.
“Myths & Realities of the Battered woman” – co-authored with Kathryn Oths, Ph.D.; presented as a poster at the annual meeting of the American Anthropology Association (November, 2000).
“Give Me Shelter: Decisions of Women Fleeing Domestic Violence” – co-authored with Kathryn Oths, Ph.D.; presented as a symposium paper at the annual meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology (March, 2000).
“Patterns and Perceptions in Mental Health: A Cultural Domain Analysis” - presented as a symposium paper at the society for Applied Anthropology (November, 1997).