"There is no cure for your humanness.
There is no magic pill, there is no magic plant, there is no magic style of therapy or intervention. All of it is a doorway into yourself exactly as you are--emotions, experiences, memories and flaws. You are human and there is no cure. Only a widened perspective that can hold space for all of it will do. Once you make friends with your humanness, you can grow in ways that aren't available when you fight it."
On the other side of every difficult time in my life, there was a sense of empowerment that came with my transformation process that resulted in finding my own voice, identifying my deepest, personal needs how to get them met and more. I developed a passion for helping other people find empowerment through their most difficult times, claiming their needs in relationships, speaking their truths, and living a more authentic life.
I know what it’s like to think about adding one more thing to your schedule. I realize how busy you are. I also know that’s not a good excuse—that’s even more of a reason to take care of yourself. That’s why my services are accessible, personalized and private, while also offering flexibility.
WHAT I OFFER:
Awareness practices, such as mindfulness meditation or introspection, help individuals become more attuned to their thoughts, emotions, and bodily sensations. This self-awareness can provide valuable insights into the root causes of some psychological and health issues, enabling a deeper exploration of one's inner world.
Many clients may draw on the teachings and practices of their cultural or religious background to cope with mental health issues. I strive to be aware of cultural conditionings to facilitate a deeper understanding of a client's worldview and values.
I have studied the mind-body connection for over twenty years. In psychotherapy, this understanding can be used to address physical symptoms that may be related to psychological distress, such as tension, pain, or psychosomatic disorders.
Wisdom traditions often teach techniques for managing and regulating emotions. These skills can be applied in psychotherapy to help clients cope with stress, anxiety, and emotional challenges. For example, practices like deep breathing or progressive muscle relaxation can promote relaxation and reduce emotional distress.
My practice emphasizes a holistic view of well-being, considering the mind, body, and spirit as interconnected. Integrating this perspective into psychotherapy can lead to a more comprehensive and balanced approach to mental health treatment.
VALUES & ETHICS
It’s important to me for people to live in alignment with their personal values and ethics instead of cultural or familiar expectations and conditioning. In psychotherapy, I draw on these principles to help clients navigate moral dilemmas, make ethical decisions, and align their actions with their values.
SPIRITUAL & EXISTENTIAL CONCERNS
Increased awareness often brings questions related to meaning, purpose, and existential concerns. In psychotherapy, understanding a client's spiritual or existential beliefs can be crucial for addressing issues related to identity, values, and life goals.
RESILIENCE & COPING SKILLS
I don’t try to “fix” you, but attempt to help you increase resilience and coping skills that can be beneficial in this complex life. These might include techniques for managing stress, building inner strength, and finding peace amidst challenges.
The private, HIPPA compliant video conferencing and email access to my personal inbox gives you a place to put whatever’s on your mind and into the care of a professional.
I work with a limited number of clients at a time so that I am able to give the attention everyone deserves. As a therapist and Yoga teacher with almost 20 years combined experience in therapeutic counseling and healing arts, I am excited to integrate all of my training, experience and more.
As you can imagine, in addition to the emotional release and healing you’ll experience when you embrace a new way of taking care of yourself during challenging phases of life, you’ll develop many new skills that don’t end when the difficult time is over.
I attempted to major in Psychology at the University of Georgia, but had an extremely hard time passing Psych 101! I guess I was too early in my personal growth and discovery journey to know there were different schools of Psychology. Rather than switching universities to find a better fit, I changed my major to Child and Family Development. Looking back, I see how that makes total sense for me. Families fascinate me—I mean, they are the “herd” of our species and we are hard wired to be a part of them whether we want to be or not. I see intergenerational trauma as something many sensitive people were chosen by their ancestors to heal. Development fascinates me—not only child development, but personal development, consciousness development, collective societal development, spiral dynamics…I still felt a huge need to incorporate more of the human experience within psychology, leading me to the University of West Georgia, where I earned my Master’s Degree in 2003 in Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology. Here I finally found the words to articulate my experiences more clearly. Humanistic Psychology offers a different approach to mental health by seeing every human as a unique individual with their own free will, self-analysis and self-actualization. I believe every individual has the capacity for expanded awareness and personal truth, even if it sometimes gets buried by conditioning, confusion or anxiety. By using that lens in therapy, awareness and compassion for oneself are more easily accessible. Expansion follows, allowing for more curiosity and openness, which provides a catalyst for change, growth, self-inquiry, and self-discovery.
My path has been anything but linear. I didn’t think I would pursue the counseling profession because I have always felt stifled by the medical model and requirement to diagnose someone. As Glennon Doyle wrote in her book Untamed, “Sometimes the only thing wrong with us is the belief something is wrong with us.” During 2003-2015 I opened and owned a coffee shop, got married, co-owned a Yoga Studio, opened a restaurant/bar, had two kids (one hospital birth, one homebirth), got divorced, worked in-home with families that were involved in the foster care system, and then took the National Counselor’s Exam over 10 years after graduating with my Master’s. It wasn’t long at all after getting my supervision and full license that I opened my private practice. Continuing to learn has always been important to me. My commitment to integrating conventional, contemplative, and creative approaches to wellbeing keeps me always learning more! Additional trainings I’ve received are: Tallapoosa Center for Inner Arts Hatha Yoga Teacher Training, 2003. Psych-K, 2013, Emotional Freedom Technique, Level 1, 2015. Positive Discipline Parent Educator, 2017. Applied Astrology with Debra Silverman, Levels 1&2, 2018. Bowen Family Systems, 2021. Certified Integral Therapist (the first in GA!) 2022. In 2023 I completed the NARM Basic Training to work with relational trauma. This range and depth of experience has imprinted me with a profound regard for the spectrum of ways different people suffer from a range of mental distress. It has also instilled in me a certainty about the human capacity to face and to go beyond suffering. Beyond my formal training, my work with clients is informed by dedicated personal reflection and practice, meditation, and yoga. In reality, I believe we are all just making our best guess at how to avoid pain until we realize our reactions might not be serving us and choose to do the self-work required to consciously respond instead.