I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Tennessee, which means that I have a master’s degree in Counseling and have fulfilled Tennessee State requirements to practice counseling. I received my master’s in Counseling from Vanderbilt University and have worked in outpatient clinics, school settings, drug and alcohol treatment centers, and private practice settings. I am currently a member of the American Counseling Association, the Nashville Psychotherapy Institute, and the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association.
After fulfilling my clinical requirements for licensure, I returned to school to complete a master’s in Theological Studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School. I’d always wanted to pursue religious training, so this was a personal venture of mine that ultimately became an invaluable resource for those in my practice struggling with issues of religion and spirituality. While in school, I worked with a psychotherapy practice that integrated the worlds of religion and psychotherapy. Although I do not identify as a pastoral counselor, I have been trained to understand and appreciate how the dynamics of religion can deeply impact one’s psychological experience in life — for good and for bad.
My training in psychodynamic psychotherapy was through the Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program of The Nashville Psychoanalytic Study Group. Psychodynamic psychotherapy is insight-oriented therapy which helps us understand the roots of the emotional struggles we experience. Through the raising of self-awareness, we are able to more freely make choices that reflect and support our authentic self.
Read “The Efficacy of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy” for more information.