To help people live their most fulfilling lives – mentally, emotionally, relationally, and spiritually – is why I became a marriage and family therapist. We all have the potential for emotional and spiritual wholeness…sometimes, we just need a little help getting there. The challenges of life can sometimes feel overwhelming or too difficult to figure out on our own. I want to help you navigate these obstacles and become who you were created to be.
Before pursuing a career in marriage and family therapy, I spent a decade in ministry and missions. As a Director of Children’s Ministry at a local church, I worked with hundreds of children and families, assisting them in their journeys toward spiritual and relational health. I served several years on staff with a missions organization, working with international ministries and missionaries in over 25 countries. As a marriage and family therapist, I have served in both a community-based private practice as well as a university counseling center. My professional experiences have taught me that one thing we all share is our desire to connect with others, ourselves, and God. As your marriage and family therapist, I will draw on my professional skills as well as my ministerial background to help you grow and strengthen those connections.
My Education and Approach
I earned a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Alliance Graduate School of Counseling at Nyack College in Nyack, New York. I am a member of both the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and the Georgia Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. I am a certified Prepare/Enrich facilitator, as well as a certified Gottman Level 1 Therapist. Both certifications allow me to work with couples in a direct way, helping them grow in their relationships with one another. As a systemically trained therapist, I evaluate the systems in which we move – families, marriages, work environments, friend networks, communities – and evaluate not only their impact on us, but also our impact on them. Utilizing a holistic, systemic approach to therapy, I help my clients reach their goals and succeed in their desires for fulfilling lives.
The Role of Faith in My Practice
My faith in God is integral to my identity and everything I do. It shapes my worldview, and therefore, how I practice as a therapist. Daily, I rely on God both personally and professionally. That being said, my faith is just that – mine. I value the opinions and beliefs of people of other denominations as well as other faith systems and do not impose my personal opinions or beliefs on my clients. In my work as a therapist, I respect the wishes of those who desire the inclusion of faith as part of their healing, of those who have questions regarding faith they would like to explore, and of those who declare no spiritual beliefs at all and do not want to include matters of faith in their treatment. Because my own faith history has been full of ups and downs, doubts and questions, I am happy to walk that journey with others, wherever that may lead.
Who I Help
I come alongside anyone who wants to take the next step toward relational and spiritual wholeness. I can assist with very specific issues such as marital conflict, family conflict, anxiety, or depression. However, I can also help those who simply need some help juggling daily demands. I have experience working with a wide range of ages, from children and teens to young adults, couples, and families. My experience working therapeutically with people from various cultural backgrounds gives a breadth and depth to my work that allows me to understand complex issues from a deeper, more informed perspective. My experience in ministry and missions has also given me a unique ability to come alongside pastors, ministers, missionaries, non-profit workers and their families, helping them navigate issues common amongst serving professionals. I know how demanding ministerial work is and how difficult it can be to find a safe space to work through personal, marital, or family struggles. It is my goal for our time together to be that safe space, no matter who comes through the door. I am under the direction and supervision of Christie Poole, MS, LMFT.
If you feel I may be a good fit for you and are ready to take the next step, call me at 678-631-7639.