In third grade I recognized that helping others through life’s challenges was something I wanted to do as an adult. After graduating high school, I began volunteering and working in the field and I have continued to do so over the last 25+ years. Knowing I have had a hand in helping countless lives through direct counseling, consulting other counselors, career counseling and coaching with others brings me so much joy.
I have been married since 2001 and have two beautiful children. Just like any other couple, we have had bumps in the road, but have surrounded ourselves with a supportive circle of family and friends. In our free time, my family spends weekends watching our son in the marching band or rooting on our daughter’s travel soccer team. We love all things sports related, especially cheering on our Nashville Predators. When we want to relax as a family, we love to go camping.
Though I am now happily married, I have also experienced the pain of divorce. By walking through the issues that lead to divorce with my own therapist, I was able to see that I am worthy of love, and that love and being attached to someone is a good thing we should all experience. It is, after all, what we were designed for in this life.
Over the years, I have watched those around me struggle with the everyday life of being a couple. Those struggles include parenting, communication, making decisions that impact the entire family, etc. Through my work with children and families I have learned that if the primary unit is not working together, then the entire family is affected.
I received my BS in Psychology from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, followed by MA in Clinical Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University. I became a Licensed Professional Counselor in 2007 and have extensive experience working with children and families, serving as a director of community-based programs for more than a decade. I am trained in Multi Systemic Therapy (MST), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) and most recently Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). My primary focus is helping couples reconnect by working through the struggles of relationships. In addition to helping couples, I want to focus on the needs of women, particularly professional women. I know firsthand the stresses and demands of being a professional woman and how maintaining balance is so important.
Please email me or call me and let’s set up a time to meet. You can also visit my website at fullcirclecounselingtn.org.