I am Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master’s degree from the University of Tennessee. I graduated in the top of my class having earned the prestigious Chancellor’s Award for Extraordinary Professional Promise. Since that time, I have worked in different capacities, gaining as much knowledge and experience as possible. I have served as a family therapist in adolescent long term residential treatment and also in adult psychiatric inpatient treatment. I have an extensive background in addiction treatment that includes work with difficult family dynamics. More recently, I have held a position working with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, both with children and adults. This includes working with those diagnosed with ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Behavioral Disorders, as well as Anxiety and Depressive Disorders. With that, I have gained experience working with parents to develop more effective methods for parenting children with these types of challenges. I have presented at multiple conferences on the topics of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, working with parents with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, and Executive Function Disorders. I am a member of the Association of Successful Parenting, currently serving as the co-chair of the conference planning committee. I am registered as a professional member of the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation, the National Tourette Syndrome Association, and the Trichotillomania Learning Center, and have begun work with the Memphis Trichotillomania Support Group. I am certified in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and EMDR Level II trained. My therapeutic approach is derived from Cognitive and Behavioral theories as well as Mindfulness approaches. I believe in the importance of time limited, goal oriented therapy as opposed to the standard “talk therapy.” To this end, I function as much as a teacher or coach as I do a counselor.
All of this experience has led to this opportunity to work independently with children, adolescents, adults, and families who are ready to resolve those issues that threaten to keep them frustrated, confused, and sometimes, hopeless. Transformation is possible! Take your next step now!