I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and National Certified Counselor (NCC), and is the founder and CEO of TalkForward, providing psychotherapy and executive consulting . I have practiced in behavioral health for over 30 years and I have been licensed as an LPC since 2000. I am trained clinical supervision and began training therapists in small and large groups, since I became a Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor (CPCS) in 2011.
I am active in my profession, serving on the Board of the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia (LPCA) as Ethics Chair in 2012, and I currently serves as the President of LPCA.
I earned my Bachelor of Science in 1992 from Florida Tech, and my Master of Arts in Psychology from the Georgia School of Professional Psychology in 1996. I started as a case manager before becoming a therapist, working in community behavioral health, where I practiced as part of a multidisciplinary team consisting of other therapists, case managers, nurses, and doctors. It was in this environment where I learned to treat the large variety of issues brought to our clinic by a diverse population. I have used that expertise in both my personal practice and to develop clinical programs for clinics and treatment centers. On Thursdays I have office hours at Psych Atlanta in their Marietta Office.
I also earned my Executive MBA from Kennesaw State University in 2006 which aided me in my 20 years of Executive Management, where I served as a Chief Executive Officer in a public behavioral health agency, with over 450 employees and an annual budget of $27 million. There I established and executed major goals and objectives, providing leadership, direction, and guidance for agency activities.
Each of us faces challenges in our lives that we face with the tools we have. Together, we can work on new tools, understandings, and relationships with these challenges. It is through this process that we grow closer to our best selves.
I believe that we can better face the challenges of our lives through increased awareness and understanding of ourselves and the forces that drive us. Each of us blazes our own path to this awareness, and depending on the person, it can take only a few sessions to achieve specific goals, or it can take longer, measured in months or years. Often, what first brings us to therapy is not what we really end up working on to achieve our goals. This is journey together with the client.
My primary approach is a mixture of cognitive behavioral therapy informed by interpersonal theory. I use styles and techniques that match the needs of the client based on my years of practice.
I work with adults of ages 25 and over in Marietta, GA. I am comfortable with diverse lifestyles and provide a safe counseling environment for exploration.
In the 21st century, many men find they are lost, without clear direction. Even materially successful men can find something is missing from their sense of fulfillment. This is an area where I bring my own personal experience.
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