From a young age, I felt drawn to a career in healthcare. I considered a number of options and explored different possibilities, but found that I had fascination with the human condition and just how complex we are as individuals. This led to the start of my studies in Psychology where I began further developing my interests in the art of therapy. I'm incredibly passionate about learning who people are, where they've come from, and what they have to offer. And I'm even more enthusiastic about every individual's capacity for change and always feel a sense of honor when I'm able to play a role in facilitating personal growth.
Throughout my career, I’ve worked in hospitals, homes, schools, and shelters. I’ve worked with children, teenagers, and adults. I’ve had clients from various racial and cultural backgrounds including Hispanics, Caucasians, African-Americans, and Asian-Americans. I’ve worked with individuals who identify as heterosexual, bisexual, gay, cisgender, and transgender. I’m always intrigued by diversity and just how much people can connect, despite so many apparent differences.
I completed my Bachelor’s in Psychology at David Lipscomb University before moving on to Western Kentucky University where I earned my Master’s in Clinical Psychology. Following the completion of my graduate work, I began my career working in my hometown of Russellville, Kentucky with a local community agency. However, uncertain of my next steps, I decided to spend a year working and living in New Zealand. My time there had a profound impact on my life and it provided me with unique tools to be more effective in my career. Upon my return, I moved to Nashville, Tennessee and worked with at-risk youth at an inner-city alternative school, where I learned much about the problems facing inner-city youth. Eventually I settled in Georgia, where I’ve been licensed as a Professional Counselor since 2010. For the first few years, I spent time working with youth in foster care before eventually beginning my own practice in 2014.
As a professional counselor, I emphasize the therapeutic relationship in our work together. In session, my role is that of a collaborator and partner who works with you to achieve your goals. I don’t believe in treating diagnoses so much as I have a regard for working with clients as layered, complex individuals. By learning about your values, your interests, how you cope with difficulty, how you approach challenges, how you view yourself, and how you relate to others, I'm able to provide perspective that's objective to help make the change you're seeking. In my experience, when working with the whole person, focusing on growth, and building on individual strengths, symptoms usually resolve on their own.