I became a therapist because I knew from a young age that I wanted to help other people. My own history, family, and journey influence me as a therapist. This makes me real. One does not get to the therapy chair without experiences and struggles in life. I have found that hope and grace have anchored me and this is what I seek for my clients. Because my life has been impacted by the very challenges and issues I strive to help others conquer, it is my intent to make sure you feel safe and deeply understood. I have overcome and you can too.
My early clinical training included an internship at Highland Rivers Health Crisis Unit where I worked under the tutelage of Dr. Joseph Seals, caring for adults and teens with addictions and mood disorders. I have also practiced previously in a private setting as well as the Hope Center at Richmont Graduate University. My experiences working with teens in therapeutic settings as well as my work with church youth have equipped me in treating families experiencing conflict. Leading church worship alongside my husband has given me a reach into the community that I value and appreciate. I believe God creates each human being with a purpose and calling. Being a therapist is mine.
My Education And Approach
I hold a master’s degree from Richmont Graduate University. I am a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy as well as the Georgia Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. I am trained in The Gottman Method of working with couples and am currently pursuing certification in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), the most effective form of couples’ therapy backed by 20 years of research. According to The International Centre For Excellence In Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT), “…EFT works very well, results last, we know HOW it works so we can train therapists to intervene efficiently and we know it works across different populations and problems.” EFT operates under the systemic assumption that our primary relationships shape us and are essential to our well-being; I carry this systems approach into my practice because I believe it works.
The Role Of Faith In My Practice
My faith and my family are most important to me, and it is my faith that most heavily influences my work. I have seen the impact of God’s grace in my life and want to share that grace with other people. As an adult, I have always been active in local ministries and charities with my husband and our sons. We enjoy living life and sharing our journey with those whom God sends our way. My education is from a Christian university and I strive to use my training each day to better the lives of those around me. I understand that not everyone shares my beliefs and that is OK. Grace plays a major role in all lives even if religion or spirituality does not. It is my goal to serve my community – serving others is my definition of truly living.
Who I Help
I have a passion for working with adolescents and adults navigating various mental health and relational challenges. My previous experience at Highland Rivers equipped me in the holistic treatment of anxiety, depression, mood disorders, addictions, and follow-up care. To further my skills with couples and families, I have completed the requisite Externship for Emotionally Focused Therapy and am in the process of meeting the requirements for certification. I also have special training in human sexuality. I enjoy working directly with parents to set goals and better understand their teen’s challenges, as well as with couples who want the most from their marriage. I specialize in anxiety, depression, bipolar/mood disorders in teens, adults, and young adults, addictions, couples’ therapy, and human sexuality. I am under the direction of Christie Poole, MS, LMFT, and the supervision of Deanna Dennis, LPC – Certified LPC Supervisor.
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.