I am a Master of Family Therapy who enjoys working with individuals, couples, and families of all backgrounds.
Marriage & Family Therapist in Alpharetta, GA
Supervised by Carleen Newsome LPC, CPCS, ACS
I utilize various methods to help clients cope with anxiety, including DBT techniques. A DBT technique that you can use the next time that you feel anxious is: REST. R- relax, or take a moment to pause E- evaluate the facts (what do we KNOW is happening, rather than what we feel is happening) S- set an intention or decide what you are going to do in this moment to help yourself (get water, take a shower, call a friend) T- take action and complete what you decided to do in this moment
I recognize that life transitions are often paired with increased stress levels. We will work together to manage stress, increase coping skills, take control of what you can, and accept what cannot be controlled. I have found that verbally processing the stress accompanied with change in therapy has been greatly beneficial to clients.
I combine multiple trainings to cater to each relationship's unique needs. I have completed the Gottman Level One training in addition to the Prepare/Enrich Facilitator training. I use these methods in addition to other knowledge gathered while completing my degree and previous work with clients to tailor my approach for each couple. I have found that improving communication and trust have been universally helpful for clients that I have worked alongside.
When working with clients, I emphasize the importance of identifying and advocating for true wants and feelings. I feel that all people have the resources within themselves to live happy, fulfilling lives. Therefore, I am likely to hypothesize that situations in which the client was unable to advocate for their needs have contributed to the presenting problem.
Because I utilize a systemic framework, I ask my clients questions regarding their family of origin that are informed by my knowledge and utilization of the attachment theory. The attachment theory provides evidence that suggests individuals with a history of secure attachment are likely to have a better view of self. I believe that our individual conceptualizations of ourselves can play a large role in how we connect with others and interact within close relationships
I practice a form of Experiential Therapy, the Satir Model. Therefore, I will incorporate goals aimed at establishing congruence alongside the client’s personal goals for treatment. Congruence is a state that is achieved and demonstrated when the self-esteem of an individual is high enough that they can identify and communicate their true wants, needs, and emotions.