"When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves."
~ Viktor Frankl
Psychotherapy, Counseling & Consultation
Working in the helping profession & mental health since 2005
Now offering a monthly open group for teen girls ages 13-18 who are struggling with anxiety, depression and self harm. Contact me for details. Group meets in Dallas the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 6:30 PM for 1 hour & in Carrollton the 2nd Monday of the month 6:00 PM for 1 hour.
Consulting topics include: Parenting, vicarious trauma & compassion fatigue, HIPAA, professional boundaries, conflict resolution, communication, motivation enhancement, employee satisfaction, weight management, wellness, life skills/stress management, anger, worry & mental health education
Mental health specialty areas: women's issues, parenting, self harm, teens, life transitions, groups, trauma, emotional management, anxiety & depression, vicarious trauma & compassion fatigue, substance abuse & dual diagnosis, as well as working with children, families & adolescents & working with professionals to enhance their interpersonal & professional skills.
About Me & My Background
Read my blog: My Name is Mom
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the State of Georgia,working in private practice. I also serve on the Board of Directors for the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of GA (LPCA) in the capacity of Western District Chair.
In addition to a Bachelor's & a Master's Degree in Psychology, I also have a professional degree of Specialist (EdS) in Professional Community Counseling & Supervision from the University of West Georgia. My academic interests primarily concentrate on spiritual & mindful parenting, attachment, spirituality, integrative health, lifespan human development, resilience, compassion fatigue & humor.
Currently, I work full time as a Clinical Therapist in private practice in Carrollton, GA and at Dallas Family Counseling Center, in Dallas, GA. I work individually & in small groups with a caseload of clients providing mental health services to parents, children, families, adolescents, couples and adults. Prior to this, for 2 years I worked at Murphy Harpst Children's Center where I was a Primary Therapist for difficult to place, severely traumatized foster children, and teens stepping down from the juvenile justice system. I also worked for a comprehensive private practice Psychiatric behavioral medicine clinic for 2 years, where I provided individual counseling, Psychiatric evaluations, marketing, community outreach, events, & program development. While there, I also facilitated and case managed individual, family & group counseling for our intensive outpatient program (IOP) for addiction & recovery with dual diagnosis, as well as co-leading a mental health women's therapy group.
I have been working in and out of the mental health field in some capacity since 1992. In that time, I have worked at Burwell alternative school as a support teacher, as a Clinical Therapist, Community Support Specialist & Clinical Assessor, for Tanner at Willowbrooke, a Parent Educator for Morningstar Family Resources, and a Therapist at Phoenix Resource Center & Family Intervention Specialists. I have been a social services Professional Trainer on HIPAA, confidentiality, case management & ethics for Pathways Community Network of GA, a Mentor Coordinator for the Carrollton, GA Housing Authority & I have worked as a Crisis Counselor in domestic violence in Fayette County, GA. For 3 years, I worked as a university Academic Advisor and as an academic Program Coordinator at a two year college, where I taught part time concurrently at a private high school and at a two year college, teaching student success, intro Psychology and personal relationships courses. In 2012, I served as the Director of Enrollment & Communication for the College of Education at the University of West Georgia. There, I was in charge of events, social media, web site, marketing, newsletters, advertising, online and print marketing material, communications, public relations, outreach & recruiting, as well as student, alumni & faculty relations. Finally, for 8 years I worked with 1 primary freelance client. At that time, I managed the 800+ member, state chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel, an international in-house, corporate lawyer membership association.
I am a single mom to 3 teenage & young adult daughters, but in my spare time, I very much enjoy cooking, watching independent movies, listening to music, reading, traveling, meditation, walking & hiking, being active in my community & in my professional field, & spending time with friends and family.