When you start therapy with me, I strive to create a comfortable, safe, and supportive atmosphere filled with compassion and genuineness. Starting therapy is a hard decision and my goal is to work with you to build a trusting relationship where you are comfortable talking about what brought you to therapy in the first place. I believe that you have within you what you need to change and grow in healthy ways. I take a holistic approach that focuses on you as an individual as well as how you fit into your world of family, work, and social relationships from the past and the present. I believe that not only do your past experiences shape your personality but they also influence how you behave, feel, and think. Together we will explore how past experiences and current circumstances contribute to your difficulties. I work collaboratively with you to empower you to make meaningful changes to build relationships, find peace, and discover meaning. I teach you new skills and help you explore your abilities to improve your life and reduce your symptoms. I tailor my interventions to your specific needs with an eclectic approach that is unique to you. I look forward to meeting with you and I am committed to supporting you on your unique healing journey.
I earned my BA in psychology at the University of North Carolina at Asheville in 1996. I worked in the mental health field for over 13 years before seeking my Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy with concentrations in Trauma treatment and Child and Adolescent Treatment from Richmont Graduate University. I graduated in 2013. I am now a LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor, since June 2017. I have a diversity of experience working with adults, children, families, and couples. My perspective is a mixture of Adlerian Individual psychology and Cognitive Behavioral therapy with strong influences from Dialectical Behavioral therapy and Solution Focused Therapy.