Brittany Franklin, LMSW
I never thought I would become a therapist. There, I’ve said it. But after enough struggles of my own, I now understand how important it is to have support when the mountains seem too large to move on your own. The mountains I’ve tackled have taught me to become a safe place for listening, talking, expressing emotions, gaining support, and receiving kindness – all at the heart of therapeutic trust. With my professional background in child welfare and juvenile court, I understand the daily traumas many children, teens, and adults experience.
From a very young age, I learned the value of serving those around me and being available for those in need – even if the need is sitting quietly and being present. Today, my family and I still reach into our community, cooking meals to provide physical nourishment and volunteering with local youth to provide emotional nourishment when our neighbors are vulnerable. The lessons of life and the many paths I’ve taken have led me to my calling as a therapist. I love making connections and enjoy engaging with others in their struggles. Need to talk? My ears are open. Need quiet understanding? My heart is available in the silence.
My Education And Approach
I hold two bachelor’s degrees from Reinhardt University – one in Psychology and another in Sociology, and a minor in Social Science Research. In addition, I have a Master of Social Work degree from Southern Adventist University. I am a Licensed Master Social Worker completing the state requirements to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. While working in child welfare, juvenile court, and private practice, I counseled those experiencing trauma, substance use disorders, mood disorders, personality disorders, anxiety, and depression. I also provided services to individuals, groups, and families. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Moral Recreation Therapy, and Seeking Safety as my primary counseling tools.
The Role Of Faith In My Practice
My faith played a huge role in my journey to becoming a therapist and guided me toward a faith-based education and professional experience. I believe where I am today is the work of God placing me where I can help those around me. As a therapist, I have worked with many clients experiencing religious questioning, with those who share my faith, and with clients who do not. I welcome these opportunities to provide a space that is non-judgmental and inviting.
Who I Help
The excitement teens and young adults have for life drives my passion to work with them. These early years are brimming with many opportunities for growth and anticipation, yet sadly, they are often coupled with confusion, pain, and feeling lost. That is why I find it extremely important to support individuals and families during this rocky time. Pressures can easily grow into giant roadblocks, and before you know it, you have no idea what happened and how you ended up in such a messy situation. It can feel like you’re fighting a battle by yourself with nobody to back you up. It can be pretty lonely. But it doesn’t have to be. Let me help. Being client-centered allows me to appreciate you for you. It lets me help you overcome the hurdles and connect with your beautiful self. My previous experience in child welfare, juvenile court, and private practice helped me learn how to navigate trauma, mood disorders, personality disorders, addiction, family conflict, and much more. I work with individuals and families to help them lean into their strengths and filter the negative voices dragging them down. If you need help figuring out how you “fit” at home, school, in a relationship, or somewhere else, or how to make sense of what’s happening in your life, call me at 678-631-7639.