The way I determine therapy goals are first asking the client what’s their overall goal. Once we have reviewed and discussed the goals, I will identify a starting point. An important piece to this is examining a good place to start. This process looks like clients having to be honest with themselves and taking a closer look as to where things currently stand. As a therapist, I can only treat what you tell me.
Some of the biggest barriers for people seeking care are stigmatizing beliefs and access to care. There are still a population of people that feels embarrassed by admitting they need help. It is believed that’s a sign of weakness. In fact it’s the opposite. It’s a sign of strength. Also, when it comes to rural areas, the community have limited resources. We all have to do our part in ensuring we are affording everyone the opportunity to receive care.
My personality is warm, caring, and inviting. I believe in being able to express myself to the fullest and that’s the attitude I want my clients to be comfortable displaying. With me, what you see is what you get. I enjoy living life to its fullest potential and I want the same for my clients. I believe life is tough but so are you.
Young Adults (18-24)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
Department Of Defense Sexual Assault Advocate Certification Program (D-SAACP)
GA, LPC, LPC011796
Clinical Mental Health Counselor, MS
My career as a Mental Health Counselor has been very rewarding. Working in an inpatient hospital setting as a counselor for active duty military personnel, veterans, and their families who were in crisis, including people who were suicidal, experiencing mental break, in danger of harming others, or experiencing a series of traumatic events in life. In the years I spent working with people in these very difficult situations, I saw a real need for more effective preventative care, or care focused on preventing the types of mental health crisis I was seeing daily from occurring. Seeing this need encouraged my shift into working in outpatient mental health, where I have spent several years of my career focusing on this type of preventative mental health care. My work included developing psychoeducation groups, coping skills groups, life skills, and workplace stressors that informed people about common mental health issues, their warning signs, and when to seek care. I also provided individual therapy to people experiencing various types of depression, anxiety, trauma, and workplace conflict. It was in this position that I developed and refined my current approach, combining Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), mindfulness, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Solution Focused Therapy in treatment. I’m expanding into private practice, further focusing my practice on working with people experiencing depression, anxiety, work/life/family stress, life transition issues, and relationship issues, while continuously educating myself and evolving my practice in these areas.
4570 Reese Rd. Ste B, Columbus, 31907, GA