Welcome

Therapy is a place where one can learn to explore, express, and verbalize feelings and emotions in a safe and confidential setting, while working to effect positive change in the present, and hope for lasting change in the future.

 

I am a clinical social worker with 10 years of professional experience. It would be my pleasure to work with you or your family member to find solutions to life’s barriers and challenges.

 

Curious to know if therapy can be helpful? Feel free to contact me.

Whom Do I Work With?

 

I am most comfortable working with children as young as 8 years old to the young at heart.

 

Does any of this sound like your child?

  • angry, explosive, oppositional, or defiant
  • difficulty falling asleep
  • experienced a life-changing event
  • academic difficulties, has an IEP
  • “experimenting”
  • sad, emotional, or withdrawn
  • changes in interests or peers
  • consumes too much media
  • shy, difficulties making friends
  • surrounded by “drama”
  • prefer talking to peers than with parents
  • anxious, new fears, nervous
  • going through a transition
  • has a chronic medical condition

 

If you answered “yes” to any of the above, I would be honored to work with you and/or your child.

 

 I am certainly not limited by the topics above, therefore contact me with any specific concerns.

 

Bags Are Packed, but is Everyone Ready (for college)?

My mom sobbed quietly for most of the four hour trip that hot August day many years ago. As their firstborn, as well as the first in the family to attend college, this was a new experience for everyone. There was very little that my parents could provide in terms of what to do, or what not to do, as they delivered me with most all of my belongings to the small college I would be attending five hours away from home.

 

Luckily I managed to be successful without any damaging scars. The voyage to college has changed over the years for many students and families. Oftentimes roommates have the whole summer to get to know one another via social media, Facetime, Skype, etc. Some schools have elaborate “camp like” 1st year orientations, or other mini orientations throughout the summer to get students acclimated to the college living experience.

 

While counseling, therapy, or mental health services continue to be a stigma in society, the truth is there are a staggering number of students who have been diagnosed with a learning disability, had many years of counseling, may have been on psychiatric medications, or have overcome various life obstacles who are or will be attending college. On some campuses, supports and services are easily accessible, while others may be more laborious. As a parent helping their student transition to college, you may need to help them navigate who or where to seek out help (you may also need to remind them to advocate for themselves since mom and dad will not be able to keep tabs so easily).

 

Here are some suggestions for parents to consider as their child is transitioning to college: Read the rest of this entry »

How’s the View? Can You See “it”?

Today I had the pleasure of going for a run outdoors, but more specifically I ran over water. Living in a city with a great waterfront and several bridges that link both banks of the Tennessee River is awesome. I am grateful that this scenery is accessible for everyone–not just certain property owners.

 

There’s something about a room –or a run–with an amazing view. Have you seen those high rises in the city with floor to ceiling windows? What a vantagepoint! How about those neighbors that have rooftop patios, or decks that overlook the annual fireworks? Some even aspire for that corner office that connotes prestige but also usually comes outfitted with majestic views.

 

There was something about running and enjoying the view while the time just flew by, was it fun, not sure, but I was certainly smiling, and taking it all in. A recent study stated that those who had fun while exercising lost weight compared to those who solely focused on exercise and losing weight.

 

Do your dreams take place in a room with a view? Are your goals within your sights? Is your goal, so close you can smell it, taste it? How often is your goal within viewing range? How much fun are you having in being successful?

 

Whatever your “it” may be, if you can see it, you can have fun reaching it.

 

Five Signs of. . .

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Signs that Summer Has Begun:

1. Memorial Day has passed

2. Swimming pools open

3. White pants come out of the closet

4. School years are ending or winding down

5. Invites to cookouts and weddings are filling up the calendar

 

The goodbye to spring, and hello to summer happens often suddenly, with not a lot of warning.

 

Signs You May Be Mourning a Change You Don’t Even Realize:

1. You finished 12th grade and will be leaving home to attend college

2. You just returned home to live with your parents

3. You are kissing your bachelor/bachelorette days goodbye in the coming weeks

4. You are transitioning to full-time childcare (grandkids) duty

5. You suddenly find yourself caring for an aging parent

 

As the calendar just flipped to June, I wonder what changes are you going through? What season of life are you entering?

 

While summer is a time to kick back and relax, the beginnings of summer may be an excellent time for reflection on what just ended, and what may lie ahead.

 

Signs Counseling May Be Useful as You Enter this New Season:

1. You’ve tried to just follow the sun in the past and it led you astray

2. You’d like to be more intentional as you close a chapter of life

3. You want to process the old/new chapter with a professional

4. You don’t want to repeat certain mistakes

5. You are filled with fear about what may be on the horizon