I am a Licensed Psychologist (AL#1964) who received a BA in Psychology from Emory University and a PhD in Counseling Psychology from Auburn University. Prior to joining APWC, I completed an internship in general and multicultural Psychology at Georgia Institute of Technology and a post-doctoral fellowship in Health Psychology (specifically neurodegenerative and autoimmune disorders) at North Main Counseling & Wellness/Premier Neurology. My passion is to connect aspects of mental, physical, and spiritual wellbeing, and I have worked alongside patients and caregivers as we all strive toward living our best lives. I have previously practiced in counseling centers, medical clinics, and private practice offices. I work extensively with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, currently serving on the NMSS Healthcare Provider Council. In addition to clinical practice at APWC, I am an Assistant Professor in Counseling Psychology, which allows me to stay entrenched in the latest research and therapy treatment techniques. When I kick back and relax, it is to laugh and play with my loves, including my husband, two boys and baby girl, and my two (huge) dogs (who also act like babies).
Therapeutic Approach (How I Work)
Life happens… and sometimes it hurts. Struggle is a natural part of the course of our life experience; however, sometimes struggle can affect our relationships, our behavior, our jobs/work, our goals, or just our overall wellbeing. When we feel sad, overwhelmed, anxious, distressed, fatigued, or hopeless it can be helpful to work alongside a professional therapist to navigate the path forward. When I work alongside you, my approach is to build an authentic relationship that centers who you are and how you see the world (culturally responsive care). I work alongside you to explore your relevant past, place it in the here-and-now context of your present, and build strategies to confront and eventually conquer the (internal) struggle. My techniques are evidence-based, rooted in interpersonal and cognitive-behavioral principles of psychology.
Areas of Emphasis
I am trained in general and multicultural psychology, so I work effectively across a number of clinical concerns with clients of diverse identities and backgrounds. However, I have had specific training in the specialty areas listed below.
General Psychological Specialties
- Relationship/Interpersonal Concerns
- Identity/Cultural Exploration
Health Psychology Specialties
- Multiple Sclerosis and other Autoimmune Conditions
- Chronic Illness
- Pain Management
- Care Partner Counseling and Psychotherapy
- Neuropsychological Assessment