Former President of the Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists. Provider of ethics CEs and LPC Supervisor.
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International Certified Gambling Counselor II. President and founder of the Georgia Council on Problem Gambling Hotline 800-522-4700. Get help now for you or family.
I have practiced for over 20 years. My experience covers the spectrum of clinical mental health and addiction. From emergency rooms, residential treatment, and public health to private practice psychotherapy. My approaches are effective with an array of struggles including depression and anxiety, panic attacks, addiction, self esteem/self worth and self defeating relationships. Regardless of your needs, trust that you will leave your first session with greater understanding of yourself and your diagnosis.
I am a International Certified Gambling Counselor and likely have seen more problem gamblers seeking help than any other therapist in the state of Georgia. I am also the founder and president of the non-profit Georgia Council on Problem Gambling, the official state chapter of the National Council on Problem Gambling. Gambling Addiction has specialized treatment protocols. If you or a family member struggle with a gambling addiction, do not hesitate to call.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an accelerated method for processing traumatic experiences. I am a level II EMDR trained therapist. Together we will determine whether EMDR is right for you.
The practice of counseling and psychotherapy requires advanced education, training and a commitment to providing ethical care that benefits - and protects-- the public. I therefore provide clinical LPC supervision toward licensure as a fundamental part of my practice.
In Georgia, Professional Counseling, Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Psychology are healthcare professions regulated by state licensing boards. The scope of practice of these professions ranges from school counseling to psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral therapies (CBT) and psychological testing and assessment. You may also notice that psychotherapists do hypnosis, coaching and consulting to organizations.
Minimum requirements for a Professional Counseling (LPC) license in GA are a master's degree, a 600 hour internship and three years of post-master's directed work in the field while under the mentorship and training of a clinical supervisor. The master's degree must be a program in applied principles of psychotherapy. Often these are degrees in Clinical Mental Health or Professional Counseling.
The graduate program must include studies in Social and Cultural Foundations, Human Growth and Development, Advanced Psychotherapy Intervention Theory, Group Dynamics and Group Psychotherapy, Career and Lifestyle Development, Research Methods, Individual Appraisal and Testing, Psychopathology and Diagnosing Mental Disorders and Addiction, and Professional Orientation and Counselor Ethics.
After graduating, the student makes arrangements to secure a state board approved supervisor and a clinical mental health training site.
Working with severe mental illness e.g. schizophrenia, pain pill and other addictions, bipolar disorder, clinical depression and suicidal individuals requires skills that can only be sharpened with experience.
An experienced mental health professional can teach these skills to learning therapists. These are all treatable with psychotherapy...but one must be taught and these skills require time to develop.
I am approved both in Georgia and nationally to provide clinical supervision.
Providing supervision is a great responsibility. It is an honor to serve the profession in a capacity of leadership. Having experience does not guarantee one can train and teach others. A clinical supervisor must learn how to teach, train and guide in an authoritative manner. The goal is to produce quality, competent and ethical counselors.
Becoming a licensing board approved supervisor requires either the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia CPCS or the National Board for Certified Counselors ACS credential. Minimum requirements to obtain the CPCS credential is a 24 hour training in providing supervision. The rigorous national ACS credential also requires several thousand hours experience in providing supervision and one-on-one training in which a more experienced LPC supervisor. The ACS is currently accepted and portable in 15 states. I hold both of these credentials
All licensed therapists are required to complete 35 hours of continuing education prior to license renewal. Five of these hours must be in professional ethics. My workshops are focused almost entirely on ethics. Most are provided as classroom for professional counselors, social workers and marriage and family therapists. Some are provided as live interactive webinars in which participants can breakout into small groups and screenshare. Both are effective means of delivering education. Many colleges and universities are delivering course content via web or live webinars. My workshops receive consistently high ratings.
Often therapists will encounter ethical dilemmas and need assistance with finding solutions to difficult situations involving therapy clients. I provide consultation to other professionals on ethics complaints.
The GA LPC licensing process is complex. While serving governor's appointments to the Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists I processed over 7000 licensing applications. I provide consultation to individuals who are having difficulty with application approval.
Been considering getting a therapist? I help clients dealing with depression, anxiety and relationship issues. My counseling is aimed at helping you feel better and moving you towards change, growth and transformation. I specialize in adult individual psychotherapy and advanced licensing consulting and ethics workshops in Georgia for mental health professionals. For over 25 years, my work has been my passion. Depression is a broad term but for many it captures how we feel when we are stressed. It may be the first word that enters our mind when we think about our emotional pain.
Depression may also be the ball of confusion we feel when we lose a family member, divorce or are struggling in a difficult relationship. Some of the red flags of depression are panic attacks, crying spells, social withdrawal. Therapy can be incredibly helpful for reducing or eliminating these effects. In fact, many are amazed with their ability to recover from depression and anxiety once they seek help. Therapy can help with many other forms of mental or psychological distress and personal issues.I am a therapist. I am also a part time musician. The skills required for both are surprisingly similar.
They are equal parts science, art, and craft. When a therapist fuses these skills, clients feel empowered, that their feelings are real, that someone understands them. As a result, they feel less depressed and anxious.When we understand our feelings and beliefs, we learn what motivates our behavior. When we learn what drives our behavior, we can change it. And also change how we think and feel.
The science of therapy is learned in graduate school through coursework and research-- textbooks on family therapy, play therapy, group therapy, diagnosis of schizophrenia and other severe mental illnesses. Also, there are many theories and approaches to helping people improve their mental state and change behavior.
Some are therapeutically confrontational; assertive approaches to helping you see irrational behavior. Some are homework based. Some are targeted at specific fears like spider phobia. My therapeutic approach is focused on growth, change, developing healthy relationships, finding peace and happiness. In textbooks, it is known as eclectic or blended therapy. I blend cognitive, interpersonal and experiential therapy.
There is a quote from a famous therapist.--"If you think you've heard it all before, you aren't listening."Each person is unique. Therefore, I do not perform therapy as a "procedure". I do not aim to fix you. Since my life is not your life, I don't tell you what is best for you. You have the ability to make the best choices in your life. My role is to listen and observe carefully and provide a different perspective. Maybe you feel lost. As such, it is not my role to find you, but to help you find yourself!
You as an Artist: Making a Sketchbook of Your Life. With the art of therapy everything you experience in my office is an opportunity to help you understand yourself, grieve your losses, and allow yourself to feel and heal and grow and change. When you notice something on my desk has been moved a few inches. When I yawn (but that doesn't happen often-honestly). When YOU yawn. When your eyes fill with tears. When you suddenly change the topic. These are only examples. Therapy is both frightening and exciting. That is how therapy SHOULD work. As is said, 'nothing ventured, nothing gained'. So if you are taking risk and feeling emotion in your sessions with me, you will make progress and feel better.
The seamstress, the carpenter, the brick mason. What do these occupations share in common? All of these persons develop their skills through apprenticeship. As a therapist, you learn special techniques; means and methods and systems. Others teach you. As you collect tools, you place them in your tool box. Some you will use often. Some only occasionally. Nevertheless, all the tools have a purpose.
Development of a craft applies to psychotherapy as well. Some of my tools are cognitive, psychodynamic, interpersonal, and experiential techniques. Perhaps the therapist's most valuable tool is their feelings because it provides a guide for use of the other tools. When the science moves out of the way and the art/craft moves forward, exciting things happen in therapy. You may come to a session thinking you have nothing to share or discuss. You may leave the same session feeling incredible relief and delight that you had a breakthrough! It is important to note however that therapy sessions can often be difficult and painful. Therapy is hard work. Now you know about my science, art and craft of psychotherapy.