The Koru is a spiral shape that represents an unfurling fern frond and symbolizes new life, growth, strength and change. I have worn a koru on a necklace for years. It reminds me of the spring, after a hard winter, when the shoots of the fern emerge, and the opportunities that come after change. Change, ironically, the only thing that doesn’t change, can be difficult; however, you don’t have to go through change alone. I believe that all people can benefit from having an objective and connected person to share one’s thoughts and frustrations with. The simple, yet brave, act of talking to another who has your best interest in mind can be empowering and life changing.
I have been a therapist since 2001 when I earned my Master’s Degree in Counseling from Georgia State University. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Georgia (license # LPC004177). I have worked in a variety of settings including schools, hospitals, the wilderness and private practice. I have helped parents better understand their children and develop new parenting skills, worked with families and patients who are living with brain injury to help them cope with grief and to accept their “new normal,” and helped LGBT people, of all ages, to support and affirm their journey.
I see psychotherapy as a partnership and a process, where the client is the expert about their own life and the therapist is a guide. My emphasis is on helping clients change unhelpful behavior and thinking patterns that prevent them from building and maintaining positive and lasting relationships. The core of good therapy is based on building a relationship of trust, empathy and respect for the client. I provide an environment of safety and trust where we can explore issues, fears, concerns, and hopes. My goal is to transfer knowledge, skills and confidence so, eventually, you won’t need me!
It takes courage to change. I am here to support and empower you. I can be your sounding board and guide to navigate through difficult, yet temporary, changes. Remember, change changes too!