First I do a tremendous amount of listening to better understand what brought the client into my office. We work together to determine areas of their life that need attention and develop a plan together which includes goals we can measure. Then together we explore techniques and tools to help provide relief.
Mood disorder is a broad term used to include the different types of depressive and bipolar disorders, all of which affect mood. With a mood disorder, your moods may range from extremely low to extremely high or irritable.
Substance abuse is the intentional misuse of a substances (e.g., alcohol, prescription drugs, OTC medications, recreational and street drugs, household chemicals). This may include binge drinking or taking twice the prescribed dose of painkillers. For substances considered illegal and/or extremely detrimental to well-being, using even once may be considered substance abuse. Because of the addiction potential for many substances, abuse oftentimes leads to addiction.
Trauma is the result of experiencing a perceived, extremely distressful event. Although the stress threshold for each person differs, meaning that each person considers and experiences trauma differently, it is an event that tops one’s threshold. It exceeds one’s ability to cope or emotionally process. Symptoms may include shock, anxiety, confusion, hopelessness, feeling disconnected, mood swings, nightmares, and intrusive thoughts.
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.
Regular involvement with a substance or activity in a compulsive, hard to control way that often has harmful consequences. Often refers to substance use, but can include compulsive behaviors such as sex, gambling, or shopping.
Positive and negative change can be difficult, including things like moving, breaking up, adjusting to parenthood, or changing careers. It’s normal to feel stressed, however, life transitions can inhibit people from living healthy lifestyles.
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
PTSD is a condition that is precipitated by a perceived terrifying event. This event need not occur directly to the person but may happen vicariously—having seen something terrible happen to another person. The condition may last months or years while symptoms include ruminating thoughts, flashbacks, nightmares, intense anxiety when triggered, and potential substance abuse in attempt to cope.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
GA, APC, APC007525
MA, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Wake Forest University
BA, Psychology, Georgia State University
My Goal is to help you move forward! I want to help you gain some control over your moods. Most of us that worry a lot or succumb to feelings of sadness have been stuck in this cycle for some time. The good news is though anxiety and depression can be debilitating, it doesn’t have to be. Working together we can explore why these feelings have developed and take steps to alleviate them by learning new coping skills and developing a self-care plan unique to your needs. How do we do that? Your current feelings are valid, yet you deserve more joy. We will work together to discover what underlying events, circumstances or relationships have contributed to your fear and sadness. Once we figure that out we can then begin to help you make better choices to support balance and overall wellness. Often times our responsibilities take over our lives and we leave little time and space to recharge. This makes achieving balance very difficult, thus we will look at the demands you have and work to schedule “me time” so that you are better equipped to manage all the roles you play. Embarking on this process will give you a sense of control and balance. I need a positive change, what are next steps? Getting started can feel a little scary yet taking steps to take better care of yourself is important and scheduling your first session can bring a near instant sense of relief. Who is Bobbi? I am a mom of 4, and former businesswoman who has battled anxiety and post-partum depression myself in past years. So, in other words, I get it. Juggling multiple roles and responsibilities can be daunting for anyone. I was able to take back control of my life by doing exactly what you are considering doing right now – getting a little help to assist in understanding why I was experiencing those feelings. I use a combination of methods to create an individualized plan of treatment unique to each client. I work with you to develop a path toward relief that best suits you. This will require us to explore difficult topics at times, so we can determine the right tools to help you feel better. What about Bobbi’s credentials? I earned my Master’s of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Wake Forest University. I completed my practicum in an Alcohol Addiction Treatment facility and my internship at an Art it Out, a private practice with a focus on art therapy as an intervention with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Since then I have worked in out-patient treatment settings for mood disorders and addiction as well as served as a unit lead in a pediatric psychiatric facility. All these varied experiences have helped me grow as a clinician and provided with many therapeutic skills and tools to help you navigate your current challenges. I am a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor in the State of Georgia. Yet, I also hold several specialty certifications including, Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor, Certified Sex Offender Treatment Provider, with additional trainings in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
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