I knew that I wanted to be a counselor when I was a kid.
It always bothered me to see someone who felt sad, alone and had lost hope, -and their smile. I remember thinking how badly they just needed some relief and how strongly I felt that it wasn't okay for them to stay where they were. I knew that they needed something to change and that they needed help getting there.
When I began college, I declared my major in psychology and my course was set. In 1997, I received my B.S. Degree from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and later earned a M.S Degree in Counseling Psychology at Alabama A&M University in 2003. I became a Licensed Professional Counselor in Alabama (#2442) in 2006. I am also a National Certified Counselor (#241751) by the National Board of Certified Counselors and a member of the American Counseling Association.
My work experience includes positions as an in-home family counselor for a non-profit agency, crisis therapist and then children's therapist for a community agency and consultant for a university. I began my work in private practice in January of 2008. While I enjoy working with clients of all ages, the focus of my practice is with children, adolescents and families.
Through the years of education, experience and my own personal growth, the desire I had as a kid to help people that were hurting has grown into the mission statement I have today: to partner with clients on their journey as they rediscover hope, recognize strengths, gain understanding, find healing, change self-defeating patterns, release burdens, experience relief, achieve the change they've needed, free themselves to live life more fully, -and smile again.
I meet each client with excitement about the possibilities available to them. I know the journey ahead is theirs to travel, but I am committed to walking with them. I continue to be amazed with the resolve of the human spirit and with the miracle of change. It never gets old. I believe in the healing power of therapy. I am fiercely passionate about what I do for a living, and the best compliment I can receive is that my clients know it.
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"Hope is the thing with feathers, that perches in the soul, and sings the tune without words, and never stops at all."
"Sometimes I lie awake at night, and ask, 'Where have I gone wrong?' Then a voice says to me, 'This is going take more than one night.'"
Charles M. Schulz, 'Peanuts'