Nothing feels normal right now because nothing is normal right now. There is so much unknown, shifting, waiting, and decision making. As COVID-19 has marched into our communities, our stress and responsibilities have increased and our resources and supports have decreased. It’s ok if you aren’t ok. None of us are ok. You might find that your anxiety is higher than it has ever been. You may be experiencing depression that is leaving you feeling empty, sad, or a mix of both.
I’ve made some changes to my practice based on my needs and responsibilities, and in hopes of being responsive to your needs. First, all of my sessions are virtual. So fix yourself a cool glass of ice tea, find a quiet corner and log in to my HIPPA complaint portal. From the comfort of your home, you can feel confident that our communication is secure. Second, I am accepting new clients on a sliding scale. Our finances are shifting and possibly unpredictable, but as much as I can, I want to absorb some of that and do my part to ensure you have access to counseling.
I believe therapy is a road to healing and health. When we meet, I use my educational, professional, and personal experience to listen with intention as we work together to understand your needs, set treatment goals, and determine a course for you. Whether you are looking into counseling for an acute reason or an ongoing one, you will find the process of self-understanding and change to be challenging yet rewarding when done in a safe, compassionate, and encouraging environment.
I bring over 15 years of experience to my work. I completed my Master’s in Professional Counseling at Richmont Graduate University in 2004 after obtaining a Bachelor in Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Religion at Furman University in 2002. I am trained in DBT and EMDR.
If your faith is important to you, we can certainly incorporate that into our therapy. My approach integrates more concrete aspects of cognitive behavior therapy and more abstract and integrative components of faith and mindfulness. Being a person-centered therapist, I know that each of us has the desire and capacity for growth and change and I bring that knowledge to each session.
“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.”
― Brené Brown
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