Do you really want to know about me or what you hope I can do for you?
In deciding if I might be a good fit, you need to know that you'll be walking into a judgement free zone. Feedback that I get most often is that people feel comfortable around me and that I have a very relaxed and calming presence. I believe in genuine transparency (keepin' it real) and as much as I'm there to support you I will also challenge you as needed (I ain't skeered). I use humor at times because it tends to break the ice however please know that I take my role in a therapeutic relationship very serious. You need to know that I truly believe that people are doing the best they can but you don't know what you don't know. I share tools and introduce skills to help clients manage their emotions and be present in those joyous times to prepare for when life isn't so grand. I'm an optimist but I'm also a realist. I've seen enough to know that life can be a dark and scary place but I also know how beautiful and awe-inspiring it can be. I believe treatment includes self-care around mind, body, and spirit, because all three contribute to who you are and how you cope.
I take special interest in working with individuals who may have a tough time managing anxiety or simply loving themselves, while learning new skills to manage the present in order to work through any underlying trauma from the past. It's not what's wrong with you, it's what's happened to you! Using a mind-body approach we'll tend to those parts of you that are hurting and get to the root.
What do those degrees on the wall and letters after my name even mean?
As a University of South Carolina graduate my Master's Degree is in Social Work (MSW). After graduating my profession is required to take a state exam to become licensed, then becoming an LMSW. After two years of practice experience and supervision post licensing we are then required to sit for YET ANOTHER clinical exam in order to become independently licensed and do clinical practice in a private setting, becoming an LISW-CP.
In addition to my clinical social work education, I have completed EMDRIA approved EMDR training, levels I and II, informed by attachment and somatic therapies and currently working on certification. I have extensive training and practice in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), using an informed approach. I am also a Certified Addictions Counselor (CAC) through South Carolina Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (SCAADAC). In the past I have presented to other professionals in areas of my specialties, currently teaching at the graduate level for the USC College of Social Work. I have worked in various clinical settings including acute psychiatric hospitalization with adults, intensive outpatient with adolescents and families, residential treatment with adolescents and families, foster care residential with adolescents and supervised visitation with children and families.
When choosing a therapist, it's important to understand their qualifications and experience. It's even more important to have a therapeutic connection and rapport because it doesn't really matter how many degrees I have if you don't feel comfortable talking to me. Feel free to contact me if you have any specific questions. If we find that another therapist might be better suited in regard to what you're looking for or if it's outside of my scope of practice, I'll be happy to assist you in finding a good fit.