The word therapy or counseling can be very scary for some people but if there was one piece of information I could provide, it would be to think of therapy/counseling as a very safe and secure place to tell your deepest and darkest secrets without the fear of judgment or retaliation.
I am a very laid back person who goes with the flow of any process. If I were your counselor then you would recognize this right away and know that I am here to support and guide you rather than make you feel guilty for decisions you've made or are trying to make.
Developing therapy goals can be a challenge for clients but I will assist them in putting their desires and needs into achievable words through multiple discussions. We may develop a very broad goal and then narrow it down into two or more very detailed plans to assist the client with having a sense of accomplishment. The goals can be revised as often as needed and at the discretion of the client rather than therapist.
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.
Abuse/Survivors of abuse
Abuse includes any significant mistreatment along the lines of psychical, emotional, sexual, verbal, and neglect. Survivors of abuse may experience negative thoughts and feelings, flashbacks, distrust of others, social withdrawal, self-harm, and increased likelihood of developing mental health and substance abuse issues.
Adolescent mental health
Adolescent mental health focuses on adolescent-specific experiences including physical and cognitive development, social and environmental factors, sex, sexual identification and orientation, emotional processing, and substance use. Given the influence that parents/guardians have on adolescents, home life is a particularly important consideration.
Involves physical, sexual, or emotional abuse within the context of a family or relationship. Can happen to any gender, age, ethnicity, etc. and is often related to power dynamics and an abuse of power.
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.
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.
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.
Characterized by alternating symptoms of depression and mania. During more extreme episodes, depression may lead to the point of suicidal ideation and attempts while extreme bouts of mania are marked by impulsive behavior, lack of sleep, elevated esteem, and even psychosis.
Young Adults (18-24)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Marriage and Family Therapy
AL, LPC, 4119
When I initially began working with clients, I worked with children and adolescents who had been abused, both physically and sexually as well as victims of domestic violence, both women and children. I have also worked with individuals in active and recovering addiction. I have also worked with individuals in the community mental health setting and was the primary child and adolescent therapist; however, I worked with adults in all walks of life who were struggling with several different issues ranging from depression, addiction, anxiety, bipolar disorder and psychosis. I recently worked primarily with male inmates in a prison setting and addressed a wide array of issues. I am now working full-time in private practice.
Hwy 5, West Blocton, 35184, AL