Mental Health Therapist
Hi, and thanks for visiting my page. Here are some things I want you to know about me and how I approach working with clients.
I’ve worked for over thirty years inspiring individuals to become proactively involved in their journey towards physical and psycho-spiritual wellness. I’ve worked as a clinical body-worker helping folks figure out the causes of soft tissue pain syndromes and what to do about it, and also as a psycho-spiritual therapist, helping people make connections between their “inner and outer” lives.
I am an LPC (licensed professional counselor). I graduated with a Masters in Human Development and Counseling (Vanderbilt University, 2014), a Masters in Divinity (Vanderbilt, 2006) and hold a certificate in the Carpenter Program in Religion, Gender and Sexuality, as well as a Masters in Fine Art (University of Georgia, 1985).
My practical experience also includes a yearlong internship at an eating disorders facility in Tennessee, where I worked with individuals and groups, utilizing the modalities of CBT, DBT, Solution Focused Therapy, ACT, psycho-spiritual/existential, and expressive arts therapy. I am well trained in DBT (dialectical behavioral therapy) and am also a Certified Grief Recovery Method® Specialist.
All of these approaches put considerable stock in the individual’s ability, when supported, to take a personal inventory of strengths and weaknesses, and to confront long-held negative, self-defeating belief systems. Regardless of methods or techniques, the goal is to build a relationship grounded in trust and mutual respect, compassion, genuineness and connectedness. I believe in our native capacity for transformation and healing; if that is a difficult belief for you to hold right now that is alright. I will hold it for you to the best of my ability, and look forward to a time when we can witness and share that belief as it is demonstrated in your life.