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.
Depression often causes people to feel sad, empty, or hopeless, and can cause a lack of interest in life. It can also affect a person's thinking patterns and physical health.
Anxiety can mean nervousness, worry, or self-doubt. Anxiety disorder is a mental health disorder that entails excessive, repeated bouts of worry, anxiety, and/or fear.
Coping skills are tools and techniques one can learn, practice, and use to handle difficult emotions, decrease stress, and establish or maintain a sense of internal order.
Designed to help people choose, change, or leave a career at any stage of life. Careers are often wrapped up in people’s perceived identity, therefore, any change can cause anxiety and/or depression.
Refers relationship issues with a partner or spouse. Can include issues related to relationship distress, relationship satisfaction, communication, intimacy, etc.
Self-esteem is the degree to which a person feels confident, valuable, and worthy of respect. Feeling low self-esteem can influence overall well-being and be linked to anxiety and/or depression.
It's normal to experience anger at times, but for some, it becomes so frequent, intense, or difficult to control that it negatively affects their life. Anger management is a structured therapeutic approach toward reducing one’s anger to a point where more appropriate coping and/or conflict management skills are used. Beliefs and thoughts leading toward anger outbursts are explored while healthy coping and interpersonal skills are put into practice.
Children that experience parents and/or guardians that are avoidant, ambivalent, or resistant from an early age, may develop attachment issues. This can manifest as difficulty forming or maintaining friendships, romantic relationships and empathetic bonds throughout life, as well as other issues.
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