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Areas of Specialty
Anxiety
Depression
Addiction/Substance Use
Bipolar Disorder
Codependency
Self-Esteem Development
LGBTQ Issues
Families impacted by addictions

Insurance Plans Accepted
Aetna
BCBS (pending)
Cigna

 

with Wright Wellness since 2019

I'm a Licensed Professional Counselor with 26 years of experience in the mental health field. After having received my graduate degree in Counselor Education from Mississippi State University in 1990, I've gained experience in various settings such as inpatient residential facilities, outpatient clinics and private practice settings.

I believe it is very important to place special emphasis on the strengths each client brings to therapy. Along with strengths-based therapy, I also utilize cognitive behavioral therapy, systems approach, motivational interviewing and the Rogerian (person-centered) approach. I especially believe that the therapeutic relationship is the core of growth and change for the client. As such, providing a safe and comfortable environment for the client is of utmost importance to me.

I enjoy working with clients who struggle with anxiety, depression, LGBTQ issues, self-esteem development, codependency, chemical and process addictions, family issues related to addictions, spiritual development, women’s issues, OCD, bipolar disorder, and anger and stress management. For clients experiencing anxiety, depression and other mood disorders, I incorporate cognitive-behavioral tools along with mindfulness, self-care and psychoeducation as ways to assist clients in therapy sessions. In conjunction with these approaches, I work very closely with seasoned psychiatrists when psychiatric medication management is necessary.

The LGBTQ community faces unique and often stressful challenges. Challenges such as how to navigate through the process of "coming out", how to manage daily stress related to judgement from others, the unique challenges that transgender clients face and realistic fears of violence towards the LGBTQ community.

For clients who are seeking assistance with substance abuse and dependency issues, I have extensive experience in this area and can help clients navigate their way through the process of recovery. I'm very familiar with the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous for clients who relate to that recovery program. I'm also familiar with and am an advocate for programs such as Smart Recovery. Essential in the recovery process is regaining healthy self-esteem, coping with anxiety and other mood disorders and effectively managing daily stress.

Naturally connected with individual recovery are the challenges that family members face. I also have experience in this area and realize the crucial role the family plays in the recovery process for their loved one. Family members often face issues such as learning to support them in a healthy way, learning self-care tools for themselves, addressing the dynamic of codependency that often occurs in the addictive process and healthy boundaries within the family.

 I'm extremely grateful for the many opportunities I've had to serve my clients and to see them change and grow in incredible ways.

"Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens." --Carl Gustav Jung