I have 20 years of experience in individual, marriage and adolescent counseling and maintain a private practice in Alpharetta, Georgia. I have conducted training on marriage enrichment principles, communication skills, assertiveness and codependency.
I counsel from a biblical world view. My approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. With compassion and understanding I will work with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.
I received my B.S. degree in Family Development from the University of Georgia, and a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Georgia State University and Psychological Studies Institute.
Working with Women
A common thread I find with women of all ages is the need to know their value, find their purpose, discover their voice and I help them put that altogether resulting in a sense of empowerment as a child of God.
Working with Couples
I take couples through a online assessment called Prepare and Enrich. The profile measures concerns in areas of potential growth :conflict resolution, communication, relationship with parents, finances, sexual expectations, parenting, and religious goals and expectations. After taking the online instrument we meet for 4 sessions to review the results, and help the couple determine if they are in fact compatible for marriage and if so begin working on the areas of concern. The minimal sessions are 4 but more sessions are required if complex issues surface.
It is my experience that all marriages can benefit from marriage counseling and enrichment. However, most couples don’t make the investment until they get into crisis. Most, if not all, couples coming into counseling are stuck in ongoing cycles of conflict. What social scientists have determined is that the measure of health in a marriage is not the amount of conflict but the ability to exit the conflict, to determine what caused the conflict, and being able to meet the needs of each other that fueled the conflict in the first place. I use a series of interventions that are part of a counseling protocol called Emotional Focused Therapy. The goal for the counseling is to address those three concerns that constitute a healthy marriage.