Welcome to my website, I appreciate the time you took to find out more about my practice and the services I offer. Now, I would like to share information about myself which may help you decide if I am the right counselor for you. I am currently licensed as a Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor and National Certified Counselor (NCC) which means I have met the rigorous academic and professional standards set out by our state and national certification boards. Additionally, I have a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision, and when not seeing clients, teach graduate level courses as an adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina and Webster University. I specialize in the treatment of Trauma and Stress related disorders and operate practices in Kingstree and Lake City, SC.
With over 20 years experience working with adults and children, and as a graduate of The University of South Carolina and Webster University, I currently serve as a private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. I began my career working with adults and children with mental and physical disabilities as a case-manager and service coordinator for about 8 years before pursuing and obtaining a Master of Arts degree in Counseling. After earning my license as a Counselor I began working as a Clinical Counselor serving homeless and incarcerated adults with chronic, persistent mental illnesses. I have also worked in the addictions arena, serving adolescents and adults in jail diversion programs, conducted relapse prevention groups in inpatient and outpatient facilities, and worked in private practices in Columbia, Florence and Lexington, SC. In 2019, I completed the rigorous process of earning my Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of South Carolina. Among my areas of expertise are anxiety and depression in children and adolescents, stress and trauma in adults and children, and victims of abuse and neglect. I am trained in the use of TFCBT (Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), and Prolonged Exposure therapy.
I consider myself an interactive, mind-body therapist, which means I focus on helping my clients understand the connection between their physical and mental well-being and their emotional health. We take time to explore not only the emotional, but also the physical impact of stress and find ways to establish balance and restore equilibrium. My therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. I integrate complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client; I work with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.