I believe it is my duty to accompany my clients as they work to “turn on the light” in their lives. Growing up with a preschool teacher as a mother, I find that I have an affinity for working with children and I have inherited natural instincts and knowledge that aid in my ability to connect with children. Further, I understand the importance of involving parents and/or guardians in a child’s treatment in order to truly foster growth within each member of the family.
Along with having hands–on experience with parents and children, I also conducted honors research during my years in undergraduate school at Presbyterian College concerning parenting styles and externalizing and internalizing issues in adolescents. Therefore, I have a both psychometric and experiential experience regarding parenting and its effect on children and adolescents.
Although my research background has been helpful in conceptualizing my therapeutic approach for my clients, I have found the most effective approach to connecting with clients includes three simple ingredients: empathy, unconditional positive regard, and a sense of humor. Therapy can often be tense and tough, but “the human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter”(Mark Twain). I aim to provide you and your child with a safe, comforting (sometimes comical) space in which we can all grow together!
Areas of interest:
- Self-esteem and self-concept
- Externalizing behaviors and self–regulation in children and adolescents
- Anxiety and depression
- Autism spectrum disorder
- Master of Education in Professional Counseling from the University of Georgia
- National Board Certified Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor–Intern in South Carolina
- Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Bachelor of Arts in English from Presbyterian College