Owner & Licensed Therapist, Dilworth
I grew up in Roanoke and attended James Madison University in the scenic Shenandoah Valley of Virginia for my MA and EdS degrees in counseling. For the past 8 years or so I've worked in settings including inpatient psychiatric units, community agencies and college counseling centers. Most recently I closed my private practice in San Francisco where I focused on working with adults with anxiety, depression, trauma, and relationship issues. I have many years of experience in working with teens, parents, and clients who identify as LGBTQ. I'm a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), a National Certified Counselor (NCC), and a PhD candidate at UNC Charlotte. I'm the founder and director of Charlotte Counseling and Wellness, and am also the founder of Private Practice Workshop.com where I help other therapists build and grow successful private-pay practices.
I'm also an executive leadership coach and offer coaching for clients who prefer a more direct, hands-on approach. Some of my client partnerships have included renowned companies such as Facebook, FitBit, and Fidelity.
I use an integrative approach to therapy, drawing from approaches including Cognitive Behavior/Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, psychodynamic and interpersonal, and mindfulness. CBT is most useful in helping to reduce symptoms and finding a new way of thinking about things. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a cutting edge treatment for PTSD and trauma where 84-90% of clients no longer have PTSD after as few as 3 sessions. Many psychological symptoms can be tied to the way we interact with one another, so I use the therapy relationship as a venue for playing out and adjusting interpersonal dynamics. Mindfulness (along with hypnosis, etc.) helps us to turn toward a problem rather than turn away, and can bring us to a more relaxed way of being.
I have highly advanced training in CBT from the Beck Institute for CBT in Philadelphia, which includes training with the father of CBT, Dr. Aaron Beck, and current president Dr. Judith Beck. As a result, I'm able to treat anxiety and depression very effectively and in many cases, expeditiously.
I've trained with Dr. Victor Yalom in San Francisco, a renowned expert in existential, humanistic, and interpersonal therapies, and have received years of personal therapy from one of Dr. Irvin Yalom's proteges. This is disclosed in part because I believe as therapists we cannot take clients farther than we have gone ourselves.