I respect the client's current emotional state and provide a safe, secure environment for our sessions. I also listen to client needs in an empathic, nonjudgmental way. Counseling techniques can vary based on the client's emotional and mental state, age, issue(s), goals and time restraints.
Specialties include substance abuse, trauma, grief, anger management, anxiety, depression, as well as marriage and family issues. We also offer outpatient substance abuse groups to those wanting/needing a supplement to individual sessions.
Our agency offers a multifaceted team of therapists with various specialties to meet the needs of children, adolescents, adults, as well a geriatric clients.
Are you looking for a way...To develop stronger family and/or marital relationships? To heal from past trauma or other psychological issues? To determine the best parenting approach for your adolescent's personality and behavioral challenges? To get support for drug or alcohol related problems? If so, I would welcome the opportunity to work with you!
I am a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) and a licensed clinical addiction specialist (LCAS) with over 20 years of experience in the helping professions. I specialize in marital, trauma, child/adolescent behavioral disorders, substance abuse, and a wide range of adult psychological issues.
I am a Level II EMDR trained therapist for the treatment of PTSD. I provide supervision for provisionally licensed therapists as an Approved Supervisor through the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). I am also a licensed school counselor with experience in school related behavioral issues in children.
My perspective on therapy is to empower people to overcome personal obstacles and improve upon their overall quality of life. My passion comes from seeing people work through hardships and struggles with therapy and other life changes. I use clinically tested and evidence based interventions, along with my experience in the field of counseling and addictions counseling. Theories and techniques utilized include: cognitive behavioral strategies; motivational interviewing, reality therapy techniques, relapse prevention, harm reduction model, Christian/faith based techniques and 12-step model.
I have worked in community settings, in-patient treatment settings, out-patient, forensics, and opioid treatment. I have also presented on issues related to substance abuse and domestic violence to the Carolina Panthers organization; as well as community outreach through a “Time Warner Cable In-Depth” series on substance abuse. I received my Master’s in Counseling and Community Psychology with a certificate in Forensic psychology. I am currently a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS) in the state of North Carolina. I offer adolescent substance abuse counseling, adult substance abuse counseling, DWI assessment/treatment, and substance abuse assessments.
I am trained and experienced in working with individuals and groups presenting with a wide range of issues. I have worked with individuals dealing with grief and loss, anxiety, depression, sexual orientation issues, substance abuse, domestic violence, and trauma. I work with adolescents and adults dealing with various challenges.
Some areas of focus include building self-esteem, transitioning through life changes, setting healthy boundaries, identifying warning signs of unhealthy relationships, and developing healthy coping skills. The integrated model does not conform to one school of thought or system. Instead it embraces contributions from a variety of sources according to their validity, applicability, and whether they are appropriate interventions. The theories and techniques I most often use include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Reality Therapy, Mindfulness-Informed Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, and Psycho education.
Counseling is collaborative between the counselor and client. In my role as your counselor, I can offer a safe and supportive environment in which to help guide and assist you in understanding your thoughts, feelings, behaviors as well as your interpersonal relationships.
Each person is unique and presents with his or her own concerns and counseling needs. I will tailor my approach with you based on the information you provide and my clinical assessment. We will collaborate to establish your treatment goals. I understand that counseling is a very personal experience, and it is important that you feel comfortable to discuss your thoughts and feelings with me in an environment that is safe, accepting and non-judgmental. I specialize in working with adults, adolescents and children who have depression, anxiety, trauma, substance abuse issues, anger management problems, and a wide range of other psychological and behavioral concerns. My therapy approach integrates cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), person-centered therapy (PCT), and Motivational Interviewing. I also incorporate dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) techniques to help clients regulate emotions, improve mindfulness and build interpersonal relationship skills. I am a Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) clinician and can use TF-CBT to help treat children ages 3-18 who have PTSD. I am also trained in Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), an evidenced-based treatment for adults with PTSD.
Life's challenges can be difficult to navigate, and sometimes it's hard to know where to begin to make things better. I view counseling as a courageous step toward life enhancement, and I wholeheartedly believe seeking counseling shows significant strength. Whatever your mental health challenges are, you are not alone and do not have to hide your sadness and struggle.
I consider it an honor to accompany clients on their journey toward a higher level of mental and physical wellness. I serve adults 18 and over, working in collaboration with them to develop healthy coping skills to deal with such issues as anxiety, depression, emotional eating and communication problems. I assist clients experiencing chronic pain, setting wellness goals, and learning to feel better in their bodies. I am also an advocate for LGBTQ clients, helping them deal with issues of sexual and gender prejudice. Further, my years in the fitness and wellness field allows me the unique opportunity to understand the link between feeling good in our bodies and good mental and emotional health. By combining my experience in both disciplines, I am able to help clients on a multidimensional level to achieve a higher level of wellness.
I approach my clinical practice from an integrated theoretical model, incorporating elements from CBT, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused, and Reality therapies, applying those that are relevant to a client’s needs and goals. Integrated psychotherapy utilizes elements from all available theories, techniques and practices. The integrated model does not conform to one school of thought or system; instead it incorporates what is most relevant from the range of therapeutic interventions. I embrace contributions from a variety of sources according to their validity, applicability and whether they are an appropriate course of action. I also recognize that the individual is part of a family, community, and society as a whole and is influenced by the impact of these groups on his or her life.