I focus my work on premarital and married couples seeking to improve their relationship, moms adjusting to parenthood, and trauma recovery.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Marietta, GA
PTSD is a way to describe the impact of a traumatic event or series of events on a person. Trauma can result in problems like nightmares, intrusive memories, avoiding reminders of the past, depression, and relationship issues. Recovering from trauma is possible, and begins with a choice to take a healing journey. Once you make that brave decision, I build a relationship with you where you can safely reprocess the traumatic experiences to tell your body you are safe now.
A good relationship is one where both parties can show up with their true selves and stay connected. You should not have to change who you are to be loved, and, likewise, you want return the love and to be accepting of your partner's true self. Couples run into problems when they feel they cannot be themselves and be accepted. Counseling can help you learn how to live more in the ideals of love, and less in the hurt and conflict.
One in five moms experience anxiety, depression, OCD, or other mental health problem around their pregnancy, and every mom experiences an adjustment period. Today, there are more demands on moms than ever, yet less fewer friends, sisters, and grandparents close by to help. Moms also find their relationships change with a new baby. Therapy's a place for moms to be real about their struggles, without judgment. I equip moms where needed & empower them to trust they have what it takes to be a mom.
Premarital counseling is a way to invest in the long-term health of your relationship, beyond the wedding day. It looks at issues such as communication, conflict resolution, finances, sexual intimacy, and extended family relationships. Prepare-Enrich is a questionnaire I use to get started with you, which helps highlight your strengths and growth areas as a couple. From there, we work on the unique needs in your relationship, in order to experience deeper closeness and connection.
EMDR therapy is a way to overcome the impact of traumatic events. EMDR helps your brain reprocess what happened in the safety of the present, with me and when you are ready, without ever having to talk in detail about what happened. When the treatment is done, you will not forget what happened, but you will be able to remember it, when needed, without intrusive symptoms that you may be noticing now, like nightmares, anxiety, and avoidance.
Couples counseling has been a focus of my work since the beginning. I also am married with children, so I know firsthand the ups and downs of family life. The work I do seeks to help you connect in new, deeper ways in the session. Once you experience more closeness, the conflicts you have will be easier to manage. I use Emotion Focused Couples Therapy to help you reconnect in our meetings together, and Gottman Couples Therapy is great for hard-to-resolve arguments.