My theoretical orientation primarily comes from social learning theory. Therefore, I believe that therapy involves learning new skills, gaining new insight, and changing one’s behavior to meet one’s therapy goals. My therapy approach also comes from a family systems perspective: Regardless of how many clients are in my office at one time, I am always aware of the complexity and interactivity of the relationship systems involved. In addition, therapy involves a respectful, trusting, collaborative relationship between therapist and client. I attempt to work as efficiently as possible; the decision of how much time therapy takes will, of course, be yours.
Psychotherapy is a partnership between the therapist and client to achieve the goals identified. The partnership can occur with a child, adolescent or adult and often with a family. The reasons that prompt an individual or family to seek treatment are an important part of this relationship as well as the particular meaning that therapy has for them. As a client identifies the changes desired in their life, a plan is developed and the therapeutic relationship focuses on implementing the plan in a comfortable, safe, and effective way. My approach focuses on an understanding of the interconnection of an individuals’ biology, body, and their psychology. I join with clients to help them discover meaning and purpose in their struggles. I am also focused on evaluating behavior, helping the client gain awareness and learning to adapt to the process of change. Because individual therapy is often a new experience for someone, it can be overwhelming or anxiety producing in the beginning. These feelings are very normal and often expected during the change process.
You can contact me directly at 404-387-9310 and we can schedule a free 10-minute consultation to explore whether I am the best therapist for you or your family member.
Areas of practice & Services Provided:
- Anxiety Disorders (including OCD, phobias, separation anxiety and panic disorder)
- Depression and Adjustment Disorders
- Mindfulness Based Stress-Reduction (MBSR)
- Childhood Behavioral Problems (including encopresis, enuresis, and general noncompliance)
- Individual, Couples and Family Therapy (CBT and DBT methods)
- Substance Abuse
- Motivational Problems
- Psychoeducational Training on a variety of mental health issues