About Me

Whether you're looking to improve a relationship with a significant other, process a traumatic event, or better your coping skills, I would be honored to work along side you towards healing and happiness.

As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I feel that each person is capable of achieving his or her goals and that this can be done through non-judgmental support of a therapist. I aim to use my knowledge to help you reach your goals and be successful.

My passion for therapy is driven by one of the main social work principles: respecting the inherent dignity and worth of a person. This comes up often as many people want to increase their self-esteem. Part of my role as your therapist is to remind you that you have value in this world. That may sound contradictory to what society or the self-critical voices inside try to make us believe. Together, we can look past the negativity and search for the truth, working to identify your positive core beliefs.

I have experience working with both women and men, from adolescents to adults. My specialties include substance abuse, grief and loss, spirituality, and trauma. I've also worked with individuals to learn healthy coping skills, move through a significant loss, and communicate more effectively in relationships.

I firmly believe that change is possible, no matter how difficult it may seem. Years ago, I made the choice to prioritize myself and tend to what needed healing, emotionally and mentally. My personal transformation is proof that I believe in this process. My hope is that you would allow me to join you now on your journey toward a life well-lived.

 

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With respect to my training and theoretical orientation, I use an integrated approach, tailoring the intervention to my client’s needs.  By setting certain conditions such as empathy and unconditional positive regard, the therapeutic relationship can foster an individual’s change process, enabling him or her to meet their personal goals. When I begin working with someone, the first objective is laying the foundation of trust, openness, and cultivating a sense of safety. In regards to my theoretical approach, I utilize several evidence-based practices, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Trauma-Informed Care.
Education:

• Presbyterian College - Undergraduate
• Union Presbyterian Seminary - Masters of Divinity (M.Div.)
• Virginia Commonwealth University - Master’s in Clinical Social Work (MSW)

Licensure:

• Virginia Board of Social Work - Licensed Clinical Social Work (LCSW)

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