1) What is your professional background?
I am licensed professional counselor in the state of Tennessee. I have over 15 years of professional experience working with diverse groups of adults and adolescents. I have worked with people having a range of problems and difficulties in places such as churches, correctional facilities, hospitals and clinics, in-home counseling, private practice, and community mental health.
2) What ages do you work with.
I work with adolescents and adults.
3) Do you specialize in any areas of treatment?
Yes. I specialize in treating anxiety disorders and depression. I use mindfulness-based approaches and insights from depth psychology. I like mindfulness-based approaches because they help people in the here and now. Mindfulness approaches give clients the ability to get rapid relief and make progress quickly. Depth psychology is helpful because it gets to the root of people’s problems by helping clients focus on the real issues that are frequently hidden from them.
4) What do you feel are the most common problems people face and how can therapy help them.
I think most people need to find a way to balance their physical emotional and spiritual lives in such a way that each of these aspects of life flourish. I feel most psychological problems involve people getting stuck in one of these areas. Therapy can help you explore how your strengths can compensate for weaknesses. Therapy can also help you maximize your strengths and live a life in which you have access to more emotional resources.
5) The thought of talking about personal problems to a stranger can be intimidating and even frightening. How can I get counseling when talking about problems makes me uncomfortable.
Often talking about problems is tough because you have experienced negative judgments and criticism from the important people in your life. What I can offer you is radical acceptance and support is a supportive and caring place where you can be safe. My office is a place where you will experience the freedom that comes when you are not judges. Also I hope that my clients understand that my professional ethics and Tennessee law protects your privacy while in counseling.
6) How do I know if therapy is right for me?
If you find yourself stuck or if you or a loved one are in a crisis, therapy can be very helpful. It can help you find new and more effective ways of dealing with problems.
7) Isn’t this a job for my pastor? Why should I see a therapist instead of going to church.
Since, I believe that mind, body, and spirit are interconnected, and part of a greater whole, I believe that issues of faith are an integral part of therapy. As a person of faith myself, I strongly believe that spirituality can be a tremendous asset and source of strength in people’s lives. I believe in working respectfully with your faith tradition so that we can find solutions that are consistent with your beliefs and values. I also welcome input and assistance from clergy and other spiritual leaders when planning and carrying out your treatment.
I can be reached for appointments at 423-715-5576.