I was born and raised in Birmingham AL. I graduated from Auburn University in 2005 with a B.A. in Psychology. I went on to complete all of the coursework in the Community Agency Counseling M.Ed. Program at Auburn, while also working full-time at a local mental health community center serving individuals with severe or chronic mental illness. After some personal family circumstances, I returned home before completing the M.Ed. in Community Agency Counseling program. In 2009, I enlisted in the US Navy, where I served an Honorable four-year tour, including two deployments. Once honorably discharged, I decided to return to my true calling in the mental health field as a counselor in 2013. I graduated from Walden University's (CACREP-accredited) Master's of Science (M.S.) Clinical Mental Health Counseling program and went on to earn my National Board Certified Counselor (NBCC) and Board Certified Telemental Health (BC-TMH) provider credentials in addition to my Alabama state counselor license, Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). I am also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional.
I have specialized training in Trauma-informed Care, Forward-Facing therapy, Military Culture/Families, Trauma and Crisis, Play Therapy, Compassion Fatigue, Depression, Anxiety, and Behavioral issues as well as practice via the Online platform. My training prepares me to work holistically with individuals instead of focusing on simple presenting symptoms.
Since returning to the mental health field, I have worked with diverse populations struggling with a variety of issues. I am a true believer in being a continuous learner and educator. I have attended, participated, and presented at a multitude of conferences, professional development trainings, and continuing education experiences. I pride myself in innovation by seeking peer support, consultation, training, and engaging in research to discover new, creative ways of helping individuals while being knowledgeable of an assortment of current mental health concerns and issues.
I am an active participant in various professional counseling organizations, such as American Counseling Association (ACA), Alabama Counseling Association (ALCA), Association of Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), Alabama Association of Counselor Education (ALACES), Southern Association of Counselor Education (SACES), American Mental Health Counselor Association (AMHCA), Alabama Mental Health Counselor Association (ALMHCA), American College Counseling Association (ACCA), and the Alabama College Counseling Association (ALCCA). I was named SACES Emerging Leader for 2018 - 2020, the ALACES Member-at-Large for 2018 - Present, and the ACCA Member-at-Large 2019 - Present. I also serve on several professional counseling organization's committees, such as the ACA Professional Standards Committee, SACES Social Media Committee, and SACES Graduate Student Committee.
I believe successful counseling relies heavily on the established therapeutic relationship between client/counselor in order to create change & live a healthier, happier, more authentic life. Through the counseling process, the client will learn to navigate life, new experiences, & other mental health concerns more successfully and easily. I utilize Telemental health/Online treatment modality because I believe that I can reach individuals that may not have otherwise received services. Telemental health, while is still somewhat new, it has been proven to be just as effective as traditional face-to-face counseling services. I approach the process in a collaborative manner for which we each share our thoughts and ideas, then decide together how to move forward best. The relationship built between the client and I allows me to walk alongside you through the process and ensure that we are working goals set together. I look forward to working with individuals who aspire to navigate life in an authentic, healing way where he/she/they are considered the expert.
Please do not hesitate to contact me for any additional questions via email, text, or voicemail, from which I will typically respond within 48 hours. Even though I do maintain certain office hours, I am also available on an as-needed basis. Please leave a voicemail when contacting me, as I work independently and am unable to answer all calls. Ensure that your voicemail includes your name, phone number, payment method, and a brief summary of your concerns.
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