I am a pastoral psychotherapist and received my educational training at the College of St. Elizabeth, Berkeley College, Mercer University, the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC), Columbia Theological Seminary, Higher Impact Training and Counseling (HITC), Anger Management Institute, and the International Association of Trauma Professionals. Most recent training and accomplishment is a second masters in Clinical Psychopharmacology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

In my quest for learning, cultivating and crafting my skills, I pursued additional extensive training in clinical pastoral education, and clinical pastoral counseling and psychotherapy and completed 12 months of clinical pastoral education at St. Luke’s Counseling Center and Emory Center for Pastoral Services; and 18 months of clinical pastoral counseling and psychotherapy training at Care and Counseling Center of Georgia and served 3 1/2 years as a volunteer Chaplain and grief and loss counselor at Metro State Women’s prison.

In the area(s) of:  

Marriage and Family Therapy, I work with couples and families to achieve the following:

• Developing healthy communication skills, both verbal and non-verbal • Understanding the power of listening • Identity • Role • Re-establishing trust within the relationship • Exploring intimacy • Exploring unhealthy boundaries and developing healthy boundaries • Exploring marital myths and developing a healthy understanding of marriage as covenant • Exploring what is and consist of family  

Premarital Counseling

Is designed to help clients understand the wide scope of marriage, and explore the difference between being married, and having a marriage.  

Counseling and Support to Clergy

As an ordained clergy I understands the impact of ministry and the need to have a safe space to explore feelings and thoughts as it relates to you the person.  Creating a space that invites clergy to give voice, express, and work through their life struggles and concerns.  The need to have someone listen and be compassionate toward them, and their needs.  A place where they can receive care, reflect, encounter healing, and safety.

Trauma/Violence

I work with children, adolescence, and women who have been victimized by forms of violence is approached from a position of empathy.  Most importantly I recognize they need to feel safe and that I must earn their trust.  With this framework I strive to create a safe and sacred space that allows them to tell, hear, and honor their story and appreciate no two stories, women, or experiences are alike.

Addiction Counseling

I work with persons suffering from various addictions, and provide a non-judgmental approach that creates a safe space that allows for transparency and healing.

Anger Management Classes and Psychotherapy

I work with adults and teens around anger and getting at the route of their anger.  The classes are designed based on the individual assessment and typically last no more than 12 weeks and are directed at exploring anger and teaching healthy learning skills through the power of choice designed by the Choice-Based Anger Control method developed by the Anger Management Institute.  Psychotherapy is a combination of talk therapy and psycho-education that delves deeper into the individual’s childhood, relationships, and families medical, social, and cultural history and is more in-depth work.  Each approach is designed to move persons to thrive and learn healthy coping techniques and strategies as it relates to their feelings and emotions.

 

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