Therapy is all about you and what you want to change. My role is to provide a space in which you feel safe to explore the scary things that are holding you back and allow you to “try on” how things can be different.
It doesn’t matter what is happening that causes you to make the call or send the email to start therapy, the truth is that most people are in some kind of emotional pain and they’re tired of feeling that way.
The most common questions I am asked are “what kind of therapy do you do,” “do you think I can get better,” and “can you help me?”
For those who’ve never been in therapy before, it is natural to feel uneasy. You’re uncertain about what will happen, how long you’ll be in therapy, and if things can be different. These are all natural questions and feelings that come when a person is considering trying something new.
Therapy isn’t always easy. Sometimes it’s very hard and provides challenges we may never have experienced before. Sometimes things get worse before they get better. It doesn’t always resolve the problem.
I can’t promise that therapy works for everyone. It doesn’t.
But it does offer a unique and interesting opportunity to become more intimately knowledgeable about yourself and what you want; why you feel the way you do and what possibilities are available to you.
Whatever the issues you’re dealing with—anxiety, depression, stress, relationship difficulties, or other painful experiences, it is possible that things can be different for you. Doing nothing will yield nothing.
I’m not a fan of all of Celine Dion’s music, but one of my favorites is “Taking Chances.” The chorus says:
“But what do you say to taking chances,
What do you say to jumping off the edge?
Never knowing if there’s solid ground below
Or hand to hold, or hell to pay,
What do you say”
We never know for sure what will happen when we do something different. But what if your life could be what you want? What if you could feel relief from what’s weighing you down? What do you say?
I believe we all need counseling at some point in our lives; some more than others.
I believe therapy can make a huge difference in our ability to live well and develop and maintain effective and fulfilling relationships. It’s not easy, but doing the work of changing our lives is worth it.
I believe trusting the process of therapy is one of the most important things a person can do and my desire is that my clients will feel safe, heard, and validated, and in the process, become empowered to make choices for themselves that will result in a better way of living.
I am excited about this journey and look forward to discovering if you and I might be a fit for working together to turn things around in your life.
I am currently working toward full licensure seeing clients under the supervision of Dr. Joyce Sloan, Ph.D., LPC-MHSP, NCC and have been seeing clients since early 2014. I completed my internship experience with Restore Ministries under the supervision of Dr. Berrylin Martin-Mangin, Psy.D. from April-December of 2013.
My professional background is quite diverse and has afforded me many opportunities to learn about and from people from a wide range of educational, socioeconomic, geographic, and varied protestant religious backgrounds.
I have a precious snorkie puppy that has my heart completely, and my hobbies include taking pictures, spending time with my close friends and family, music, reading, and walks on the greenway when time permits. I also enjoy watching well-written TV shows and movies.
–M.A. Counseling 2013 from Trevecca Nazarene University, Nashville, TN
–B.S. Business Education 1997 from MTSU, Murfreesboro, TN
–B.S. Psychology 1993 from Belmont University, Nashville, TN
—How To Deal With Your Most Difficult Clients, Dr. Sue Johnson, Issues in Therapy Conference 2016, Trevecca Nazarene University, Nashville, TN, October 14, 2016
–Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy Workshop, Lorrie Brubacher, Nashville, TN, March 13-14, 2015
–EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Level II Trained by Dr. E.C. Hurley
–PREPARE-ENRICH-certified in couple assessment for pre-marital counseling and marital enrichment
–The Mindful Way Through Anxiety: Acceptance-Based Behavioral Therapies in Practice, Susan M. Orsillo, Ph.D. Issues in Therapy Conference 2013, Trevecca Nazarene University, Nashville, TN, October 4, 2013
–DSM-V Training, Dr. K. Dayle Jones, ACA DSM-V Task Force Chair Trevecca Nazarene University, Nashville, TN, , June 6-7, 2013
–Healing Affairs Using Emotionally-Focused Therapy, Dr. Scott R. Woolley, Issues in Therapy Conference 2012, Trevecca Nazarene University, Nashville, TN, October 12, 2012
–American Counseling Association (ACA)
–American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA)
–Tennessee Licensed Professional Counselors Association (TLPCA)
–Nashville Psychotherapy Institute (NPI)
“Worthiness doesn’t have prerequisites.”