Helping people grow emotionally is something that I have loved doing all my life. When I became a licensed clinical social worker there was already so much experience I had in helping others who identify from all sexual orientations. In the both the past and present, this 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 LGBTQIA, gender non-conforming and transgender clients. 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) and follow their standards of care as well as the model of informed consent for 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 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 both women and men. 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 direct, but compassionate approach. Together, we will understand your individual viewpoints and 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 and 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 and have a safe space to do so in our sessions.
Education: University of Georgia, Master’s in Social Work – Georgia State University B.S. Psychology
Memberships: WPATH, Georgia Society for Clinical Social Work, LGBTQ Therapist Resource, Secular Therapists Network