Approach to Therapy
My approach to therapy is integrative which means that I use techniques from multiple psychological theories. I tailor my style to meet the needs of individual clients based on the concerns that they bring to therapy and their goals for treatment. I most commonly use methods associated with relational, psychodynamic, and cognitive behavioral theories. During your first appointment, we will discuss your goals and expectations for therapy and what I believe may be the best way to approach working on your concerns.
Although my approach may differ depending on your concerns, I always place importance upon the therapeutic relationship, and I strongly value any feedback that you may have about our relationship and your experience in therapy.
I have wanted to be a psychologist for as long as I can remember. I was drawn to the profession because I hoped to better understand why people think, feel, and behave the ways that they do. I grew up in Ohio, and studied psychology during my undergraduate education at Ohio State. I then moved to Atlanta in 2003 to begin my graduate work.
While I did most of my training in university counseling centers, I knew that I wanted to go into private practice after I was licensed. I craved the flexibility and challenge of self-employment. I also was due to give birth to my son in early 2011, and I knew I wanted to be able to make my own schedule. I opened my private practice in 2010, and have never looked back. I love working for myself, and would not have it any other way.
B.A. in Psychology - The Ohio State University
M.A. in Clinical Psychology - Georgia School of Professional Psychology
Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology - Georgia School of Professional Psychology
Predoctoral Internship - Indiana University's Counseling and Psychological Services
Postdoctoral Fellowship - University of Georgia's Counseling and Psychiatric Services
Licensed as a psychologist in the state of Georgia, License #PSY003389
Member of the Georgia Psychological Association
What is it like to be in therapy with me?
Based on feedback from my clients I can give you a few answers to that question:
I have been described by clients as open, empathic, and non-judgmental.
I am not going to just sit there and repeat: 'How did that make you feel?" a whole bunch of times or just stare at you while you feel uncomfortable.
I talk often, and provide feedback to clients.
My hope is that I can make each person feel comfortable enough to do the best therapeutic work possible.