I have been in human services field going back over 20 years in many capacities from direct service to administration. I graduated from Kennesaw State University with a degree in Human Services (2011) and Master of Public Administration (2013). Wanting to get back into direct service, I went back to school and graduated with Master of Social Work from the University of Georgia clinical program (2018). I am currently licenses pending by state of GA as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).
I currently hold credentials as a Human Service – Board Certified Practitioner (HS-BCP) and Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP). Over the past 5 years I have worked throughout crisis inpatient units, clinical assessment, therapy, and other related crisis services in various human services agencies.
Prior to this focusing on clinical work, I served in various positions leading to Director of Operations at a community service board which is public safety net for Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities Services in Georgia.
I am currently serving as the President at the National Organization for Human Services (NOHS), with over 10 years of service to the organization serving in various board positions.
As a social worker, I have a vast toolkit with which to treat individuals and help heal communities. I will help you to cope with and resolve issues like crisis, substance abuse, grief, family dysfunction and school adjustment. In my training, I have learned evidence-based techniques in social work that help guide individuals toward goals that can enhance overall quality of life.
Over my years of experience collaborating with individuals, it is especially important for me to focus on your specific needs to determine the best way we can approach your treatment. Every individual is unique and has their own experiences that has led them to where they are today, and this makes their treatment individualized to them. I stress to everyone I work with, no two people are identical, thus making goals and treatment specialized to everyone’s desired outcome. As we build a therapeutic alliance that conveys respect and nonjudgmental acceptance, I will collaborate with you to build resources and empower you to overcome structural barriers.
Through our exploration, we will develop a treatment plan and work through a variety of strategies so we can personalize treatment that will for you. Therapy is not a onetime treatment; it will take several sessions to help develop and teach skills to improve your overall wellbeing. My approach is an integrative or holistic therapy approach, which means I blend elements from different approaches and tailor treatment according to everyone’s needs. I specialize in using empowerment and motivational therapy to lead our sessions as we continue through your journey of improvement.
Combining and developing from multiple approaches such as: Psychoanalysis and Psychodynamic therapies, Psychosocial therapy, Behavioral therapy, Cognitive therapy, Cognitive-behavior therapy, Humanistic therapy, Empowerment therapy, Motivational therapy, Problem-solving model, Solution-focused therapy, Systems theory, and Task-centered practice. The determination of which approach to use all depends on diagnosis and goals of each individual’s treatment plan.
(Clinical social work is a specialty practice area of social work which focuses on the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental illness, emotional, and other behavioral disturbances. Individual, group, and family therapy are common treatment modalities.)