Hailing originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana and having spent the last 10 years in Athens, Georgia, I could not be more excited to be venturing out west to join the Metis team practicing in Durango, Colorado. Growing up, I was always drawn to the field of psychology and helping both individuals and families in need of emotional support. I have also always been fascinated by the human condition, what makes each of us who we are, and how we can work together to bring the best out of each other.
I earned my bachelor’s degree in psychology at Louisiana State University (geaux tigers!) and followed up my undergraduate experience by earning my doctorate in school psychology from the University of Georgia. Throughout my graduate training, in particular, I gained extensive experience working on what many consider to be the “front lines” of service provision for children and adolescents, the public schools. I was trained in assessment and consultation techniques designed to help children with specialized needs succeed in an academic setting, but I sought to make psychotherapy a more prominent part of my work.
Following graduate school, I was fortunate enough to find a position at a private counseling practice in a rural town in north Georgia. During my time there, I became a licensed clinical psychologist, specializing in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of a variety of psychological and psycho-educational conditions, including disruptive behavior disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, anger management problems, interpersonal challenges within family systems, etc. My approach to psychotherapy can best be described as an integrative or eclectic approach, utilizing one or more of many theoretical frameworks when conceptualizing a case and/or approaching treatment planning and implementation. Most commonly, I employ aspects of cognitive, behavioral, family systems, and/or person-centered approaches in my work with individual clients and families.