Service Descriptions

Individual Therapy

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

When you feel lost, stuck, detached or numb, it can be difficult to find value and meaning in life. Individual therapy (also called psychotherapy) is a proven method that can help in these times. Psychotherapy is a process where we will work together (one-on-one) in a safe, supportive and confidential environment to help address some of these concerns. I use an integrative approach, drawing from several effective models.  Here are some benefits of psychotherapy:

  • Increase self-awareness
  • Explore feelings and beliefs in a safe environment
  • Learn effective coping skills
  • Improve relationships
  • Identify and challenge negative thought patterns
  • Improve work-life balance
  • Change problematic behaviors
  • Clarify purpose and life meaning
  • Overcome past trauma
  • Enhance quality of life

Couples Therapy

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” – Viktor Frankl

Unresolved relationship issues can lead to considerable stress, anxiety, anger, sadness and exhaustion.  Many couples state that relationship concerns are the largest source of stress in their lives and have found that engaging in couples therapy has strengthened their relationship by healing past wounds and moving forward in a new and productive way.  I use the Gottman Method, a couples therapy approach based on over 40 years of research with 3,000 couples.  This approach incorporates a thorough assessment of your relationship before learning effective strategies intended to strengthen your friendship, manage conflict and create shared goals.

I help couples who are:

  • Having a hard time communicating
  • Feeling a loss of love and intimacy
  • Managing conflict in an unproductive manner
  • Feeling disconnected
  • Seeking to recover from an affair or other violation of trust
  • Considering separation or divorce

Premarital Counseling

“Make it your goal to create a marriage that feels like the safest place on earth.” Greg Smalley

As many couples prepare for their wedding days, please remember to include premarital counseling as a necessary step in your planning stage. Research has shown that couples who engage in premarital counseling report a 30% stronger marriage than couples who did not participate in premarital counseling.  As a Certified Prepare-Enrich Marriage Counselor, I will customize an assessment tool which will identify your strength and growth areas.  In addition, I’ll help you and your partner discuss and practice proven relationship skills which will start your marriage on the right path. The Prepare-Enrich method will help you and your partner:

  • Explore strength and growth areas
  • Strengthen communication skills
  • Resolve conflicts
  • Develop a more balanced relationship
  • Understand personality differences
  • Explore family of origin issues
  • Establish a relationship vision and goals
  • Discuss financial planning and budgeting
  • Maximize teamwork

Family Therapy

“In every conceivable manner, the family is a link to our past, bridge to our future.” – Alex Haley

Starting or blending a family can be an exciting, yet challenging time.  New rules and expectations can often present some adjustment concerns for family members and change the dynamics and boundaries within the home.  As a result, conflict and resentment can settle in, making it difficult to connect and engage as a family unit. Family therapy can create positive and lasting change by:

  • Encouraging open and honest communication
  • Establishing healthy boundaries
  • Exploring underlying feelings of hurt and resentment
  • Improving effective problem-solving skills
  • Enhancing empathy and understanding
  • Facilitating cohesion and connection
  • Developing engaging and enjoyable family activities

Parenting Support

“Be the parent today that you want your kids to remember tomorrow” – Unknown

Parenting is often described as the hardest job that you will ever love.  It can be challenging and rewarding at the same time. The daily challenges of parenting can be stressful, making it harder at times to engage and respond in a patient and nurturing manner.  I can help you strengthen your skills as a parent and engage with your child in a loving, empathic and respectful way by:

  • Creating clear boundaries
  • Implementing positive reinforcement and positive attention
  • Setting age-appropriate limits
  • Enforcing natural and logical consequences for undesirable behaviors
  • Developing family goals
  • Emphasizing effort over outcome
  • Increasing child problem-solving

Clinical Supervision

“Investing in yourself is the best investment you will ever make. It will not only improve your life; it will improve the lives of all those around you.” – Robin Sharma

According the Georgia Composite Board, a clinical supervisor is defined as “a person who is licensed as a Clinical Social Worker, Professional Counselor, Marriage and Family Therapist, Psychologist or Psychiatrist and must have practiced in their specialty for at least 2,000 clock hours over a minimum of 2 years following licensure” (Ga Comp. R. & Regs. R. 135-5-.04) (O.C.G.A. Secs. 43-1-25, 43-10A-5, 43-10A-12).

Engaging in quality and effective clinical supervision is a crucial and necessary step in your pursuit of full licensure.  My goal as a supervisor is to build a trusting and collaborative relationship with you (supervisee), provide continual assessment of your strengths and opportunities for growth and promote sound practice based on theory, ethics and administrative rules and regulations. I also help supervisees develop good professional boundaries and encourage effective self-care skills which are essential for clinical practice.  In addition, I provide private practice consultations, for those who are interested.

Group Counseling

“I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.” – Dr. Brene’ Brown

Group counseling is an effective way to discuss shared concerns in a supportive and relational manner.  A major benefit of group counseling is knowing that you are not alone in learning new ways of managing depression, anxiety, stress and anger.  It allows group members to strengthen relationship skills by giving and receiving support and relating to others in healthy and effective ways. Group topics include:

  • Anger management
  • Stress management
  • Self-esteem/self-love
  • Grief/loss
  • Healthy relationships
  • Skill-building for socially anxious teens

Please contact me to discuss current group offerings, rates and availability.

Clinical Consultation

“Unity is strength. When there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” Mattie Stepanek

As more churches, youth ministries, schools and organizations are impacted by individuals affected by mental health concerns, it’s necessary to seek guidance and direction from a licensed mental health provider.  This might include psychoeducational classes to learn more about mental health conditions and wellness or individual consultations to discuss the specific needs of your group.

Effective. Compassionate. Genuine.

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