I think that the demonstration of my personality is important in my approach to therapy. I am a human first and a counselor, second. Allowing my personality to be present in therapy sessions allows for my clients to observe my authenticity. I also believe that it helps me to connect to my clients in a genuine way by being transparent and sometimes disclosing some of my own challenges. I think that this can be beneficial in helping them to recognize that they are not alone in their struggles.
A first session would be an opportunity for us to get to know one another and to assess if we can develop an appropriate fit to develop a therapeutic relationship. My style of therapy may not be what appeals to them so we would need to explore this in the first session. We would also discuss how therapy will proceed with regard to the number and frequency of sessions, goals of therapy, and possibly establish a regular and consistent schedule for sessions. I will also ask a number of questions to determine the specific challenges that the client is experiencing that prompted them to therapy. The first session would also be an excellent time for the client to ask any questions of me that will help them to feel more comfortable about engaging in this process.
I think that there is still a stigma attached to mental health. I think that there is a misunderstanding of the challenges associated with mental and emotional health. When people do not understand something, they tend to be fearful or apprehensive of it and work to avoid it. In addition, people do not want to be seen as weak or vulnerable, especially if they are in prominent positions or feel that they have certain expectations to meet. People need to feel safe to know that their struggles are not a reflection of who they are as a person and recognize that everyone needs help sometimes, whether or not they seek it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Race & Cultural Identity
Challenges around race and cultural identity vary enormously, including issues related to discrimination, racism, and intergenerational trauma.
ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) causes a hard time focusing attention and controlling restless or impulsive behavior. People with ADHD might have emotional outbursts, be forgetful, and/or find it difficult to stay organized.
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.
Young Adults (18-24)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Culturally Sensitive Therapy
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Family Systems Therapy
Marriage and Family Therapy
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Pastoral & Faith Based Counseling
Trauma- Informed CBT
AL, LPC, 3141
Doctor of Education, Organizational Leadership, Nova Southeastern University
Master of Arts, Agency Counseling, University of Alabama at Birmingham
I have over 20 years of experience in the fields of mental and behavioral health. I have had opportunities to work in inpatient and outpatient settings, with clients in every age range, including children and geriatrics. I provide individual, group, couples/marriage, and family therapy. I have worked with clients that struggle with a myriad of issues, such as depression, anxiety, self- esteem, substance use and other addictions, etc. I attempt to tailor counseling services to each client's individual needs and preferences.
1300 Avenue R, Renew Counseling and Consulting, LLC, Birmingham, 35218, AL