My story. Your story. Our stories. All our lives are filled with stories that shape, mold, and connect us throughout life’s seasons. My story has been written by life circumstances that taught me to look deeper, to see from different perspectives, and to have empathy. What is your story? Is it one that’s never been told? Or is it one that’s been spoken out loud but still not understood? Is it a story that feels too heavy to bear solo? Brene Brown says empathy is “simply listening, holding space, withholding judgment, emotionally connecting, and communicating that incredibly healing message of ‘you’re not alone.” I have found this to be true. As a youth leader and women’s and children’s director, I had the joy of walking with families through their successes and pains, guiding, listening, and showing up for it all so they never felt alone. In my years as a wedding coordinator, I helped couples prepare for “their day,” while the stresses seemed to pull at their emotional seams and threaten their relationship before they ever got down the aisle. As a wife and a mom of grown children starting their own families, I’ve learned personally how to seek and find grace, hope, and healing. My story and all the characters in it inspire my desire to help other families and couples find healing and restoration. You don’t have to go it on your own.
My Education And Approach
I received my bachelor’s degree from Kennesaw State University, integrating the disciplines of Psychology and Sociology. My former experience working with couples and families in wedding planning and ministry inspired me to pursue a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Richmont Graduate University. Currently, I am under the supervision of Christie Poole, LMFT, as a counseling intern while also seeking certification in Emotionally Focused Therapy for individuals, families, and couples. I believe in a holistic approach to therapy where mind, body, soul, and spirit work together.
The Role Of Faith In My Practice
My Christian faith shapes my understanding of others, and my relationship with God has taught me to have respect for all belief systems. Believing in a loving God allows me to embrace the experiences of this life – being with my growing family, swimming, playing guitar, baking, traveling to new places, and having fun adventures. That is why I count it a privilege to help each person healthily reengage in their life.
Who I Help
I’ve worked with families, couples, and adults in various capacities throughout the years. So, it is natural for me to help you build stronger, healthier connections within yourself, with the people you love, and, if you like, with God. If anxiety and depression seem to rob your day of joy, I can step into that with you. If grief or struggling with life’s transitions has stopped you in your tracks, I can come alongside and help you get started again. Family conflict? Marriage on unstable ground? I can be a voice to help you reach each other again. And if you are a woman who needs another woman who “gets it,” let my experience encourage you while we figure it out together. I am glad to be a part of your journey, so call me at 678.631.7639 and we can talk about what you need.