My clinical career began with a strong interest in the psychological impact of illness and disability and a master’s degree in medical rehabilitation counseling. Helping people adjust to the unique experiences of medical journeys was powerful and fulfilling– but I soon realized that my clients’ medical needs impacted everyone in their family. Partners, parents, siblings, children: they are all touched by their loved one’s illness or disability. The whole system was in pain and their relationships were fracturing.
The idea of my clients struggling medically and their relationships simultaneously breaking apart was too heartbreaking to accept as inevitable. So, I set out on a journey to find out how to help all of them. Therapy model after therapy model didn’t have good outcome data; until I found Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT) and Emotionally Focused Family Therapy (EFFT). They had phenomenal outcomes– that lasted. EFT research shows that 86-90% of couples experienced improvements in connection and communication in their relationship and those changes stick. I was hooked– and have spent more than 300 hours in training and consultation to learn the model.
Today, much of my work focuses on helping couples and families deepen bonds and heal wounds. I’m passionate about this work and love joining my clients on their journey.
Although relational conflict can be overwhelmingly intense or disorienting, I have found that it holds a unique ability to create healing and generate profound shifts in our lives. In EFT, I work to join couples in the process of identifying long-standing patterns of conflict and shifting to new ways of being with each other. Other times, I help couples contemplating divorce navigate the gut-wrenching decision of how to move forward: dive in and seek professional help or find a way to separate in a way that honors their history. My most important job is respecting everyone that comes into my office and their individual experience of the relationship.
Professional Credentials and Education:
• Licensed Professional Counselor – Georgia LPC#8499
• National Certified Counselor – National Board for Certified Counselors
• Certified Rehabilitation Counselor – Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification
• Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling – Georgia State University
• Bachelor of Science in Psychology – University of Georgia
• Completed Externship – Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT)
• Completed Core Skills – Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT)
• Completed Advanced Training – Emotionally Focused Family Therapy (EFFT)
• Certified Prepare/Enrich Facilitator
• Certified Divorce Discernment Counselor
Professional Memberships and Service Roles:
• South Metro Mental Health Network – 2019 Chair, 2018 Vice Chair and CEU Coordinator
• Atlanta Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy (ACEFT)
• International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT)
• DRI Alliance for Marriage and Divorce Professionals
• Licensed Professional Counselor Association of Georgia (LPCAga)
• Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Advisory Board – Georgia State University
• Co-owner and Clinical Co-Director of The Center for Living Balance
• Co-owner of The Center for Therapist Development
• Facilitator of Hold Me Tight retreats for couples
• Facilitator of Hold Me Tight / Let Me Go retreats for families