From a young age, I knew that I wanted to help people. Friends and family would often come to me seeking advice, guidance, or just someone to listen to them throughout my life. I remember envisioning an office with a client lying on a couch, telling me their most intimate thoughts and allowing me to guide them through their challenges. It was no surprise that I quickly became interested in psychology in high school and never looked back.
I majored in Psychology at North Carolina State University, and when I graduated, in 2006, I was not exactly sure what my plan was but I still drawn to helping others. That same year, I excitedly moved to Atlanta, GA where I worked with numerous children and families affected by autism at The Marcus Autism Center. I gained a profound sense of connection with the human spirit there. During my time there, I was able to hone my passion for helping others and decided that my talents would be best utilized by working with families, couples, and individuals managing life’s circumstances.
In 2010, I began the Master’s of Family Therapy program at Mercer University. Upon the completion of that program in 2012, I became a CORE therapist for Northside Psychological Services in which I provided community based therapeutic services to children, adolescents, and their families. I wanted to work with a more specific population of children and families so in 2015, I began working at CHRIS 180, as a community based therapist with a caseload of foster children preparing them for independent living or adoption.
2015 was also the year that I became a fully licensed marriage and family therapist. Although I will always have an affinity to work with children, I have interacted with and assisted many adults who have not yet healed emotional wounds from their childhoods. The work that I have done with children includes ABA, developing IEP and 504 plans, as well as adoption. The skills I learned in these areas greatly informs the work I do with individuals, couples, and families currently. I am passionate about inspiring clients to look beyond the constructs of their childhood experiences while holding a space for transparency, honesty, and sustainable growth. As well as nurturing and cultivating the relationship within via self-care.