My Mission as a Therapist
My mission is to help my clients overcome their struggles and pain. I help them have more fulfilling lives and more positive and rewarding relationships with spouses or partners, family members, coworkers, and friends.
As a therapist, my greatest gift is seeing my clients discover their true selves, and then come to accept themselves for the remarkable people that they are. These are magic moments in therapy that I cherish.
From a Masters Degrees in Business to a Ph.D. in Psychology
After completing my MBA, I spent 17 years in the International corporate world working in information technology and organizational behavior. My work brought me in contact with people from diverse cultures, religious backgrounds, and customs. My experience in business taught me a lot about people’s differences that I find invaluable in my work with clients.
After my years of working in the business field, I felt drawn to the field of psychology and proceeded to complete a Ph.D. I am thrilled that I was able to take the risk and make this career change. I can’t imagine a more rewarding job than seeing my clients and couples grow closer to their partners, spouses, or families.
5 Reasons You May Want to Work with Me in Therapy
1. I’m compassionate, patient, and a skilled listener.
Research shows that the most important aspect of effective therapy is the relationship between therapist and client. My main focus in therapy is ensuring that we develop a trusting relationship.
I will accept you and whatever troubles you may have. I am open to hearing your feedback on how therapy is working for you and will make any adjustments to the process that will be helpful to you.
I know that you may be nervous about seeing a therapist - especially if it is your first time. Therefore, I am very welcoming when you arrive at my office and do what I can to ensure you feel safe and comfortable.
2. I am committed to providing the best service possible.
The following activities help me provide excellent service to my clients:
- I am trained in many counseling methods, which have been shown to get results.
- I keep up with the latest research and thinking in the field of therapy by taking courses and reading current research and theory.
- I attend regular supervision sessions with a seasoned therapist who helps me improve my skills.
3. I am sensitive to those with different cultural backgrounds, sexual orientations (LGBT), and religious or spiritual affiliations
I pride myself on serving diverse clients such as those in the LGBT community, African Americans, the Latino community, Foreign Nationals, those with varying religious or spiritual affiliations, and all levels of socioeconomic status. I understand the pressures, discrimination, and isolation experienced by those in these minority groups.
I work with many LGBT individuals, couples, and families. To the best of my knowledge, I am the only therapist in Atlanta who has a LGBT family therapy practice providing counseling to LGBT parents and their children.
4. I am Experienced working with adults, couples, parents and families
I work with all clients with varying problems. Prior to my private therapy practice, I worked for 6 years in inpatient facilities in Georgia. My couples and family therapy work began here and led to my licensure as a marriage and family therapist.
5. I am skilled at helping people who have mental health issues.
If you suffer with a mental health problem, it’s important that you work with a therapist who has experience in this area. Whether it is a common disorder such as depression or anxiety, or a more complex one such as a personality disorder, bipolar, or schizophrenia, I have the skills to help.
MA and Ph.D. Depth Psychology, Pacifica Graduate Institute 2007 - 2013
MBA, University of Pittsburgh 1993 - 1996
BA. German Studies, Penn State University 1986 - 1989
American Psychological Association (APA)
- Division 39: Psychoanalysis
- Division 44: Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)
- Georgia Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (GAMFT)
Atlanta Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy (ACEFT)
Systems Centered Training & Research (SCTRI)