"I believe the greatest gift I can conceive of having from anyone is to be seen by them, heard by them, to be understood and touched by them."
As an Atlanta-based psychotherapist, I specialize in working with adults who have trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, grief, stress, low self-esteem, and relationship issues. I also work with couples who are in distress or who are seeking to increase intimacy, communication, and secure bonding in their relationship.
I am a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and received my Master of Social Work with a clinical practice concentration at the University of Georgia. I am also a certified EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapist. EMDR is a powerful-brain-based therapy that works much more quickly than traditional talk therapy to process adverse life events. My involvement in the field of trauma was sparked as an intern at International Rescue Committee, a global non-governmental refugee resettlement organization, in 2005. My passion for treating traumatized individuals was further strengthened as therapist at a community mental health clinic, as well as a clinician and intake coordinator on an Assertive Community Treatment Team - a multidisciplinary team-based program that addresses severe and persistent mental illness and forensic mental health. Currently, I am honored to be partnering with The Headstrong Project, a non-profit organization that helps veterans to connect with trauma therapists in their communities, to gain access to cutting-edge, confidential, cost-free, bureaucracy-free, and stigma-free mental health care.
Additionally I am intensively trained in EFT (Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy), an attachment-based approach that recognizes the deep need for safe, loving emotional connection that all human beings share. I help couples to de-escalate conflict, address the negative cycles they may be stuck in, develop more positive interactions and emotional responses, and increase their level of trust and security in their relationship.
I believe true healing and change can only take place in the context of a safe, supportive, and mutually respectful therapeutic relationship. My stance is compassionate, attentive, non-judgmental and holistic. I greatly value the unique history, perspective, and personality that each of my clients brings to the therapeutic process. My clients tell me they feel truly seen and heard, often for the first time, in our sessions. I consider it a privilege to be invited to walk alongside my clients on their path to healing and change.