I have been providing mental health services to children, adolescents, and families since 2007. I have a Bachelors in Social Work from Meredith College which I received in 2007. I have a Masters of Arts degree, with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from North Carolina Central University, which I received in 2015. I am also a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in the state of North Carolina( 11870), and am a National Certified Counselor (632727). I have provided mental health services in multiple settings, including Day Treatment services, Intensive In-Home services, and Outpatient Therapy services. I enjoy working with children of all ages. Throughout my years providing treatment as a child therapist, I have had experience working with diagnoses such as, anxiety disorders, ADHD, Oppositional-Defiant Disorder, social skills deficits, adjustment disorders, and depression. While working with children and adolescents, I recognize the family system is the foundation for success, therefore in my practice, parenting skills and relationship building strategies are also provided. I also enjoys working with adults struggling with anxiety and depression. In my practice located in Durham N.C. I will primarily utilize play therapy techniques and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy modalities to assist my clients in meeting their goals for treatment
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate (LMFTA) (#12169A), which means that I practice Marriage and Family therapy under the supervision of an American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) approved supervisor in accordance with the North Carolina Marriage and Family Therapy Licensure Board (NCMFTLB) until I achieve full unrestricted licensure. My approach to therapy comes from a humanistic emotion-focused and systemic perspective, which allows me to work with all parts of a client’s life, more specifically aiding them to be more attuned with their emotions in order to develop supportive skills to overcome challenges. I have provided therapeutic services for the past three years within a variety of settings, such as, Day Treatment services, Intensive In-Home services, School-Based therapy, and within an on-campus college setting. I have experience working with clients struggling with Major Depressive Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, interpersonal and relational difficulties, in addition to depression and anger management skills. As a relational and family-oriented therapist, I incorporate a systemic approach throughout my practice when working with children and youth, individuals, couples, and families, that focuses on connection and growth occurring within the context of relationships. I utilize Satir-Experiential and Cognitive Behavioral informed therapeutic modalities, along with art and play therapy techniques to assist clients in attaining therapeutic growth. I have a master’s degree (M.A.) in Marriage and Family Therapy with a Systemic Multicultural Counseling Certificate from Appalachian State University received in 2018 and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte received in 2014. I am also a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and North Carolina Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (NCAMFT).
“Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn so that we see ourselves as we really are” (Arthur Golder). As a therapist, I feel that it is not my job to give clients all of the answers, but to go on a journey with them to explore those parts that cannot be torn away, and use those parts to have healthy, happy relationships. I have been providing mental health services to children/adolescents, adults, and families in an agency and private practice setting for over eight years. I have also worked as a school counselor on all levels from kindergarten to 12th grade. I hold a Doctor of Education from Gardner-Webb (Curriculum and Instruction-2017), Educational Specialist from East Carolina University (Administration and Supervision-2009), Master of School Administration (North Carolina State University-2007), Master of Education in School Counseling (University of West Alabama-2005), Master of Science in Human Sciences (North Carolina Central University-2001), and a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education (North Carolina Central University-1994). Most importantly, I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in the state of North Carolina (#13135). I hold certifications as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and a Certified Specialist in Anger Management. In my work as a therapist, I have provided mental health services in several areas, including Intensive In-Home and Outpatient Therapy services. I have experience in telehealth working with both children/adolescents and adults. My specialties are trauma, anger management, anxiety, relationship issues, depression/mood disorders, and anxiety. I have worked with children and adults with several diagnoses including, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, ADHD, Adjustment Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, and Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder. In practice, I use the gold-standard of therapeutic modalities which is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. However, I am sensitive to the needs of my clients and use other evidence-based therapeutic modalities, including, but not limited to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Coaching, Relational Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Bibliotherapy, and Motivational Interviewing. Although humor is not a therapeutic modality, I believe that laughter can sometimes cure the soul. Furthermore, I believe in building a strong therapeutic bond with my clients, for this is the cornerstone of effective therapy. I have an office in Durham, NC. I also believe in utilizing telehealth to give everyone an opportunity to experience therapy. I look forward to meeting new clients and help them set goals for treatment and work towards meeting those goals.