What to Expect From Me: My counseling style is warm and empathetic while providing you the opportunity to act on your insights and experience true change. My presence is described as calm, confident and clear. I primarily work with college students, young professionals and adolescents. My Experience: I am level one trained in Internal Systems Family (IFS). I am currently receiving consultation to become IFS certified and continue to seek continuing education opportunities to improve my proficiency in IFS.
In the past, I have worked at an agency setting providing CORE-based therapy services in schools and homes. I have worked with a community mental health agency run through the University of Georgia and have provided services to individuals with developmental disabilities. I spent three years working at a non-profit counseling agency in Watkinsville, GA. I opened Laurel Magnolia Counseling in March of 2020 with the goal of serving students in the Athens, Georgia area.
My experience informs my perspective to be non-pathologizing and welcoming to all parts of you - even the ones you've learned to be ashamed of. This means that my counseling office is free of shame. I am responsible for taking care of myself outside of therapy so that you don't feel the need to be the caretaker in the therapy room.
I have experience working with clients in the areas of ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD, relational issues, family issues, boundary setting, spiritual direction and LGBTQ+. In addition to my professional experience, I have experienced (and continue to experience) personal growth through therapy that has increased my empathy and understanding for both myself and my clients.
My Education and Licensure: I have a M.Ed in Professional Counseling with an emphasis in Community Counseling from the University of Georgia. I graduated from the University of Georgia with a BA in English and BS in Psychology and am proud to be a Double Dawg! I am a licensed professional counselor in the State of Georgia. I am licensed to do telehealth in the the state of Florida. I have completed my level one of IFS training and am in ongoing IFS consultation.
I am available for individual sessions by appointment only. I do offer free 15-minute phone consultations, so reach out if you feel like we might be a good fit to work together!