I graduated from the Citadel’s Master of Arts in Psychology/Clinical Counseling program, and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). I have been working in the counseling field since 1999, and I have been in private practice as an LPC since 2004. Additionally, I work part-time at The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in the Department of Medicine in the Ryan White HIV/AIDS clinic. I have served on the Charleston Jung Society Board since 2010.
My Philosophy of Treatment
My philosophy of treatment is based on the principles of Interpersonal Process Therapy as well as Family Systems Theory. I also incorporate other approaches such as analytical psychology, as well as mindfulness-based practices like Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (A.C.T), into our treatment sessions. Each client is unique. Thus, when you and I meet and work together, I will do my utmost to explore with you, the individual circumstances that brought you to seek counseling. From there, we will identify ways to help you to develop new strategies for managing interpersonal and intrapsychic difficulties, and to become more resilient to stress.
If you are dealing with addictive behavior…
I’ve been working in the field of addiction therapy since 1999, and have been a Certified Addictions Counselor since 2001. My approach has evolved over the years due to data about best treatment practices, and also as a result of working with clients over the years. I have found that people with substance use issues (or other addictive behaviors) sometimes avoid treatment, especially if required to accept a label such as “alcoholic” or “addict,” prior to beginning therapy. Despite the fact that many people feel comfortable identifying in this way (i.e., individuals involved in 12-Step recovery programs, etc.), others feel stigmatized by such labels.
I do not believe in a ‘one-size fits all’ treatment approach for addiction or for any other client problem. When you come to counseling to face an addictive behavior, which is causing negative consequences, I will work with you to explore the menu of available options, in order help you determine what is in your best interest for treatment. While abstinence may be the safest route, it excludes those who seek alternative approaches, or who are not yet willing to go that route. I am a proponent of harm reduction therapy and I am a moderation friendly therapist. Motivation for change is not a constant, and it is important to know that addictive behavior is usually reinforcing at some level and therefore, sometimes very persistent. Thus, I am committed to meeting you where you are and to working with you to help you make the changes you want to see in your life.
- Alcohol and Drug Related Problems:Changing addictive behaviors through abstinence-based or controlled drinking strategies
- Anxiety Disorders
- Couples/Marital Counseling
- Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Issues
- Mood Disorders