Don't just go through life, grow through life
As a person who’s gone through a huge amount of change lately, you’re probably wondering what your next steps are. It may seem like you’ve lost your motivation, sense of identity, security, stability, and more. Change causes us to lose things that are important to us, so it makes sense to say that change causes grief. Change can also lead us to anxiety and depression. I don’t know what you’ve lost recently, but I know it’s significant to you. Although I’m an expert on grief and loss, no one can establish expertise over your grief like you can. I understand the importance of being in tune with your thoughts and emotions.
What would it feel like to have hope for the future, to be able to accept your circumstances, and to move through each day with feelings of peace and positivity? Your relationships, health, spirituality, and financial future depend on your ability to effectively navigate change and loss. I will help you get to a place of healing and understanding. I will guide you in building resiliency and confidence in your ability to face difficult circumstances. I use a direct, reality-based approach that holds you accountable for change. Therapy is not a passive process. In order to get the most out of therapy, you must be willing to embrace your pain. I hope you'll trust me to help you learn ways to effectively navigate the pain that you are experiencing.
I specialize in grief, life change, and spirituality. I believe that change ultimately brings about some type of loss, and grief occurs in response to that loss. I work from a grief recovery model to help people heal from the past and move to acceptance of a future life with new possibilities and opportunities for growth.
My treatment philosophy encompasses a variety of practices to care for the whole person, not just mental health. Mental and physical health are closely intertwined. In fact, mental health problems are worsened by unhealthy eating habits, poor sleep, lack of physical activity, and use of substances. While learning coping skills and relaxation skills can help ease your distress, understanding the driving forces behind unhealthy behaviors that promote disease will help you maintain positive changes.
I have spent the past decade practicing in a clinical setting with adult and geriatric patients. I supervised a team of clinicians at an outpatient mental health clinic for eight years, gaining experience as a leader in my field, helping to develop one of the most successful outpatient clinics in North Louisiana, and mentoring graduate students at Louisiana Tech and McNeese State University. I have presented lectures on grief and loss and provide clinical consulting to other professionals. I also provide career and life coaching.
Certified as an integrative medicine provider in 2020 (CMHIMP)
Licensed Professional Counselor #4553 (Louisiana), 2012
Masters in Industrial Organizational Psychology- Louisiana Tech University, 2011
Masters in Counseling and Guidance- Louisiana Tech University, 2009
Biology and social science undergraduate studies- Louisiana Tech & Louisiana State University in Shreveport
Individual therapy consists of 45 minute sessions designed to help you establish and accomplish goals. Past and current issues are addressed through an individualized treatment plan that will help you learn the skills you need to live a purposeful life, one full of joy. The duration of treatment depends on many factors, but the aim is for you to learn to address distressing thoughts, emotions, and physical symptoms by using healthy coping skills. By challenging unhelpful thoughts and beliefs, you learn how to respond to difficult circumstances and stressors in a healthy way.
Mindfulness training is designed for the purpose of learning skills to help you remain presently focused, while easing emotional and physical distress. Mindfulness consists of learning and practicing skills that help you learn to accept and embrace the present moment with curiosity and without judgment. Some examples of skills provided are deep breathing exercises, guided imagery, and guided meditation.
Communication is the core element in couple therapy. I have worked with families, couples, and groups of people to facilitate healthy communication, reduce conflict, and accomplish shared goals. It is not the therapist's position to take sides on any matter, but rather to facilitate compassionate and honest communication, while helping each partner discover individual qualities that can help strengthen the relationship. I have worked with couples in traditional and non-traditional relationships, and I value the unique bond of each couple.