About My Clients
I consult with a wide diversity of couples, individuals and groups. Some clients are facing problems with living like low self-esteem, procrastination, blocks to intimacy, shyness and anger. I have also worked with adults experiencing serious mental health symptoms like clinical depression, anxiety, addiction, suicidality, urges for self-harm, bipolar disorder, psychosis, and personality disorder.
My Background and Approach
My undergraduate study was at Vanderbilt University and my graduate work was at the University of Georgia where I completed a Master of Social Work with specialty certification in marriage and family therapy. I have worked in a range of clinical settings including hospital emergency department psychiatric services, in patient acute mental health crises intervention and stabilization, domestic violence victim safe housing and domestic violence crises services. In addition to these degrees I have earned advanced training in a range of therapeutic practices and models including Emotionally Focused Couple’s Therapy (EFT), Non-violent Communication, Inner Relationship Focusing, Restorative Justice Circles facilitation and mindfulness. I have an extensive background in the study of eastern philosophy and spiritual practices (my undergraduate degree was in Asian Studies with a concentration in comparative religions). I teach yoga and meditation and I will draw on that background in sessions.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
I believe that behind every problem lies the powerful desire for something better. In addition to working with couples and families, my expertise is in therapy with adolescents (11+) and adults, both gay and straight. I use research-based therapies that offer practical methods and skills that build emotional flexibility, self-awareness and resilience. Many of my clients are working to become free of self-defeating patterns resulting from emotional neglect in early or adolescent development. Much of my work with both adolescents and adults is focused on creating and sustaining fulfilling relationships. Most clients I see are struggling with high conflict, feeling isolated, misunderstood and alone. Together we rebuild communication and trust, forging emotional skills for coping effectively with intense highs and lows, strong sometimes destructive urges, and impulsive behavior.