My Approach to Counseling
I’m often asked what led me to a career in counseling. At the core, my answer is wrapped around a genuine desire to help others navigate the many layers of life and the often times uncharted emotional experiences that go with it. My work as a therapist allows me to step into the essence of who I am and offers my clients an opportunity to do the same in their own lives. My approach in therapy is guided by my belief that each of us has an innate ability to become the healthiest and best version of ourselves individually and in relationships.
My clients’ life experiences are as varied as the skills I have honed and the opportunities I have explored since I started down this path in 1996. As an undergraduate at Rhodes College in Memphis, I majored in Sociology and Anthropology and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 2000. In 2006, I graduated from the University of Houston with a Master of Education in Counseling. My formal education served as the roadmap for becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor; the different personal and professional exposures I’ve had along the way provide the context for the work I do in private practice.
Experience & Expertise
After receiving my master’s degree, I worked from 2006-2009 as a school counselor in a secondary school setting, providing academic, social/emotional, and college guidance. That experience, combined with my work at Memorial Hermann’s Prevention and Recovery Center for Drug and Alcohol Addiction and, later, at The Davis Clinic for Surgical and Non-Surgical Weight Loss, served as the catalyst for my interest in core issues related to self-esteem, boundaries, shame, imperfections, and other barriers to discovering one’s True Self. Following extensive trainings with Terry Real (2010-2012) and Pia Mellody (2011-2013), I have concentrated much of my practice on in-depth explorations of the origins of these core issues and, most importantly, how to help clients understand their past without getting stuck in the present. Most recently, I completed Brene´ Browne’s Daring Way Curriculum focusing on Shame Resiliency, and have become a Certified Daring Way Facilitator ™ (CDWF). In addition to my clinical trainings, I am a Wellness Coach. I regularly attend continuing education opportunities; I maintain active memberships in the Kentucky Counseling Association and Lexington Psychoanalytic Group and participate in peer consultation groups.