Helping people grow emotionally is something that I have loved doing all my life. When I became a licensed clinical social worker I had experience in helping others who identify in all sexual orientations. In the both the past and present, my experience includes treating clients with severe depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, grief, as well as over five years of experience working with children and adolescents.
I am passionate about working with the LGBTQIA community, particularly people who are transgender or queer. People can often struggle with family, work, legalities, children, body shame, spouses and all the ways that being the true person they need to be can affect them. My clients say they like that they have an advocate for them while processing their emotions with me. I am a member of WPATH (World Professional Association for Transgender Health) currently in pursuit of my WPATH GEI certification and follow their standards of care. I also support the model of informed consent when working with the transgender community. As a member, I have an understanding of the medical challenges faced by the community as well. My clients are offered therapy groups and individual, family and couples sessions for affirming therapy.
I also am passionate about helping people in relationships who want a better connection with their partner during my work with clients. I see that there are so many people in relationships, be it with their partner or other family member, that really want to put forth the effort to maintain and grow a positive connection with their loved one. Not every relationship is ready or accepting of couples therapy, but often, there is a partner that does want help. I enjoy working with clients that are ready to look at those challenges.
In therapy sessions, you will find that I use a compassionate approach that is often direct, humorous and logical. Together, we will come to understand your individual viewpoints. We will use those values to guide the positive change you want to see in your life. I also practice from a secular, non-religious perspective while still being able to honor your personal belief systems. Achieving personal goals are important to my clients. I offer incremental steps to achieve those goals through my use of solution focused therapy in sessions. Clients often need and want to process difficult emotions from their past, our sessions are a safe space to do that.
Education: University of Georgia, Master’s in Social Work – Georgia State University B.S. Psychology
Memberships: World Professional Association of Transgender Health, Georgia Society for Clinical Social Work, LGBTQ Therapist Resource, The Secular Therapists Network