One of my favorite things in life is connecting with people of all ages, but especially children and adolescents. As a result of these wonderful connections, I have even changed the way I introduce myself to others. While it is important to state my name and qualifications, I have discovered the importance of also saying I am kind, compassionate, amusing, and playful. This change is the product of the many children and adolescents that I have had the privilege of working with as a volunteer with disabled children utilizing horses in the treatment process, or as a psychotherapist treating children with histories of abuse and trauma. While I adore working with all children and adolescents, my passion lies in the healing of those wounded by trauma and abuse.
My success is rooted in the use of proven therapy methods including Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Theraplay, and Play Therapy. I am also Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) friendly. I am experienced with helping young clients who struggle with depression, anxiety, self-injurious behaviors, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and interpersonal difficulties stemming from trauma and abuse. My primary goal is to support my young clients by providing a safe and nurturing environment by taking the time to build a trusting relationship that is non-judgmental and fosters empathy between therapist and client. I also include a bit of fun and playfulness to ease the emotional, somatic, and cognitive impact of the trauma and abuse. I strive to turn their feelings of helplessness and hopelessness into empowerment and hopefulness. I believe in these young individuals and help them draw on their inherent inner strengths to enable them to face their painfully devastating experiences.
I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Georgia and a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling from Argosy University of Atlanta. I am a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (Eagala). I am a licensed Professional Counselor in Georgia and I’ve worked with children and adolescents for the past 7 years the Appalachian Children’s Center in Ellijay GA with a goal of prevention, intervention, and treatment for child victims of abuse, trauma, and neglect.