"When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change."
A BIT ABOUT THERAPY
The point of counseling is to empower you to consider and realize what you care about and to live a life that honors your values. Whether you are facing a particularly challenging time, feeling stuck or unhappy, or hoping to preserve optimal well-being, therapy can help you to identify thought patterns, emotions and behaviors that interfere with your ability to engage in life in a meaningful way. With sincerity, objectivity, and empathy, I can help you feel more able and willing to accept present-moment circumstances and tolerate distress in service of your goals and values.
I have experience working on issues related to anxiety, depression, self-esteem, grief, self-harm, and suicidal ideation with children, adolescents, and adults. My educational and clinical experience focused on supporting persons with developmental and psychiatric disabilities. I have experience working with individual with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their family members to encourage a rich understanding of the core symptoms of ASD and the ways they influence mental and physical functioning. I also have experience coaching adults with ASD in skills related to independent living, social communication, and medication management. I enjoy collaborating with school systems, family members, and other healthcare providers to ensure a client’s needs are fully met.
My approach to counseling is centered on each individual’s strengths, goals, and needs. I work collaboratively with individuals to help them notice, challenge, and replace thoughts, emotions, memories, and behaviors that move them away from their goals and values. In doing so, we can take power and influence away from unhelpful patterns, ultimately freeing oneself from unnecessary suffering. I believe that therapy is a safe and necessary space to turn toward pain in order to move towards meaning and purpose.
In therapy sessions, we will work to clarify your goals and values and realize the thoughts, emotions, memories, and behaviors that “hook you” and stand in the way. We will explore the historical experiences and trends in your life that contributed to patterns of thinking and behaving. We will then work to create more flexible and helpful responses to these patterns. I will help you notice, observe, and accept your automatic thoughts and reframe your stance towards and reactions to life’s challenges to help you cope, tolerate distress, and regulate emotions in order to move towards meaning and purpose. Get in touch to book an appointment.
Psychoeducation is the process of providing information and education to persons diagnosed with mental health conditions and their family members. I can help foster a better understanding of various developmental and psychiatric diagnoses to help the diagnosed individual and their support system understand what is and is not related to their condition. Psychoeducation can help individuals adjust expectations and attributions, become better adjusted to living with a disability, increase coping skills, and optimize quality of life.
Using behavioral and psychotherapeutic techniques, coaching can help individuals function as independently as possible. Coaching focuses on skills such as home management, medication management, social skills, healthy living, and budgeting. Coaching uses a hierarchy of least-to-most prompting to encourage continuous progress towards independence and maintenance of skills.
CERTIFIED REHABILITATION COUNSELOR
March 2017 - Present
NATIONAL CERTIFIED COUNSELOR
March 2017 - Present
MASTER OF SCIENCE
Obtained May 2017
M.S. Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
CORE and CACREP accredited
2112 11th Ave S
Birmingham, Jefferson County 35205