My Education, Experience, and Credentials
I received my BA in Communication and French from Wake Forest University, and my MA in Counseling from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts.
I have been working in the mental health field since 2002, and have been a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (formerly Licensed Professional Counselor) in the state of North Carolina since August 26, 2005 (License #5019). In August of 2013, I became a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor (License #S5019). Prior to starting my own private practice, I worked at the Mecklenburg County Jail, and in both the outpatient department and emergency department of CMC-Randolph.
On a personal note, I am a mom of 3 children and a wife, which keeps me busy when I am not meeting with clients!
What you can expect from me
I believe that all individuals are unique and valuable, and I treat all of my clients with compassion, respect and acceptance. I count it a privilege to walk alongside my clients during difficult seasons in their lives as they seek to grow and heal.
My style is straight-forward, practical, validating and collaborative. It is influenced by elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy, existential therapy, systems theory, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). I am also trained in EMDR.
My approach to counseling is grounded in the beliefs that:
- Counseling should be a safe place. The relationship between the counselor and the client should be a confidential place where the client feels able to enact change, grow, and heal. It takes a lot of courage to face and work through difficult emotions or situations, and I offer my unconditional support while gently confronting
the core issues that keep clients stuck.
- Good mental health involves the whole person: body, mind, emotions, and spirit.
- Change and growth require some effort. One of the ways I often help my clients stay engaged in the counseling process and move towards implementing change in their lives is by providing small assignments between sessions.
- Establishing realistic goals for the counseling process provides accountability. I collaborate with my clients to identify tangible goals for therapy, then periodically check back in to make sure that we are moving towards those goals. Engaging in therapy is an investment of your time and money, and I want to make
sure that you see a return on your investment.