I wish people knew that therapy is not only for people who have something wrong with them or have perceived issues. Therapy is for ALL people. Therapy is for the person who healing from childhood trauma and abuse. Therapy is for the person grieving the loss of a marriage following divorce. Therapy is for the person who was recently promoted and needs to learn coping skills to manage the increased stress levels associated with the increased salary. therapy is for the new mother who has unidentified postpartum depression. Therapy is for the father who feels overwhelmed trying to balance work and helping his children maneuver through virtual learning at home during this pandemic. Therapy is for everyone. Taking good care of our mental health is just as important as taking care of our physical health.
A first session with me looks like me getting to know you and understanding you and your goals for therapy. My desire is that the therapeutic process be a team effort with us working together to ensure all of your goals are successfully accomplished. No one, including myself, knows your story or what you need better than you. As I actively listen and help guide you through the first session we will work together to develop a plan for treatment that includes your input and desired outcomes.
My personal experiences have influenced my work with my clients in many ways. I began seeing a therapist for the first time many years ago to assist me with the grieving process following the losses of my mother and grandmother. That therapeutic experience not only changed my life, but it saved my life. That experience is a part of the reason I decided to become a therapist. I developed a strong passion to give to others the support, compassion, and healing that I received during one of the most difficult seasons of my life. My own experiences with loss, grief, relationship conflict, trauma, and stress enable me to relate and be able to speak from a place of understanding and empathy when working with my clients. Having shared experiences allow me to build a better rapport and therapeutic relationship with my clients.
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.
Drug addiction & abuse
Dependence on particular substance or inability to control impulses in relation to drug or alcohol use. Withdrawal symptoms commonly experienced in absence of the substance.
Familial relationships can be the source of stress and emotional pain, even in the healthiest of situations. Painful interactions can range from irritation to resentment and lead to feelings of guilt, disappointment, and anger.
Distress stems from a subjective perception of something being unwanted, undesirable, or detrimental to your wellbeing. Excessive stress significantly impairs mental and physical health and is associated with many diseases and conditions.
Women’s health is regarded as the holistic being and experience of being female. This extends beyond consideration for illness and other complex conditions but to general considerations of physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Issues may include female oppression, socialized gender role, female reproductive issues, motherhood, body image, divorce, and substance use.
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.
Workplace issues are a common source of stress and can include interpersonal conflict, communication problems, gossip, harassment, discrimination, low motivation and job satisfaction, performance issues, and poor job fit.
Refers relationship issues with a partner or spouse. Can include issues related to relationship distress, relationship satisfaction, communication, intimacy, etc.
Grief is a reaction to an emotionally significant loss and often comes with symptoms of depression or anxiety. These symptoms can remain intense and last for a long time after a loss, making it difficult to move forward with a healthy lifestyle.
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.
Young Adults (18-24)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Family Systems Therapy
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
National Certified Counselor
GA, LPC, LPC011654
Bachelor of Science, Early Childhood Education, Cleveland State University
Master of Science, Professional Counseling, Grand Canyon University
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and National Certified Counselor (NCC) practicing as a therapist in Georgia. I have been practicing since 2015. I specialize in helping clients overcome grief and loss so that they can once again live purposeful, joy-filled lives while honoring their past. I believe my education paired with having overcome life-altering losses of my own have equipped me with the tools to help others do the same. Research shows that unhealthy relationships can cause both emotional and physical stress, whereas healthy relationships can enhance and improve overall well-being. I empower individuals to overcome personal obstacles to improve and fortify their relationship with themselves and others. Teaching, training, and counseling are my passion. Outside of private practice I have worked in education as an elementary school teacher, and in addictions and recovery settings as a substance abuse counselor. I have provided therapy in hospitals, clinics, courts, and foster care settings. I have also facilitated court-mandated therapy and therapeutic groups in the parole and probations arena. I have experience treating children, adolescents, and adults with diverse backgrounds and varying ranges of concerns. I offer counseling for a multitude of concerns such as grief, anxiety, depression and relationship issues.
,, McDonough, 30252, GA