***At this point in time, unfortunately I do not have any availability for new clients. I do have a waiting list; if you would like to be on it, please email me. However, I cannot guarantee when I will have openings available, and it may be as long as 6-12 months. Should I have openings become available, I will update this notice. I do have several possible therapists who rent from us who may have openings. If you would like to be referred to them, please email me.***
Whether you have never been in therapy before, you are resuming therapy after a break, or you currently have a therapist, I know how important it is to find someone with whom you feel comfortable and can trust.
In addition to being a therapist, I also serve as a consultant in various capacities, including conducting workshops and public speaking. Please contact me for further information if you think I might be a good match for your organization, group, or company.
I strive to provide a warm, nonjudgmental, collaborative experience for my clients while providing cutting-edge treatment for your specific concerns. One of my goals is to help people discover and maximize their strengths while healing from emotional pain, overcoming suffering, and achieving a more satisfactory life. I aim to make therapy feel safe and comfortable for all my clients, and I am open to feedback as I strive to make therapy beneficial for you.
I offer both in-person and virtual telehealth services. I am a member of PSYPACT and am able to see clients via telehealth in any state that participates in this "E-passport" program. I will talk with you regarding the most appropriate choice based on your needs.
I value working with and knowing people of all races, ethnicities, religions, gender identities, sexual orientations, and levels of ability. I engage in personal anti-racism introspection and study and welcome conversation about this. I believe in the value of personal, individual change as well as systems-level intervention.
Personally, my pronouns are she/her/hers. I am a parent of teenagers. I love to read, travel, and be on water.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist and have been in private practice since 2006. I received my doctorate in 2004 from Georgia State University where I studied both clinical and community psychology, offering multiple perspectives for the issues in which I specialize. I completed my predoctoral internship at the Medical College of Georgia and Veterans Affairs Hospital in Augusta, where I specialized in health psychology and women's issues. I completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Emory University College of Medicine where I currently serve as an adjunct faculty member.
Professionally, I also work outside the therapy room. I serve as a consultant for the Georgia Network to End Sexual Assault (GNESA) and conduct workshops for law enforcement personnel on responding to sexual assault crimes. I provide forensic services and consultation, including expert testimony. I enjoy writing, consulting, public speaking, and conducting workshops on topics such as coping with anxiety and trauma, violence, sexual assault/harassment, PTSD, and mindfulness.
Lastly, I am an avid volunteer, currently serving on the boards of the Central Outreach and Advocacy Center (where "we open doors to prevent homelessness") and the David T. Howard Middle School Foundation. I was recently honored to receive the 2020 Berry College Alumni Award for Distinguished Service.
I see teenagers (13 and up) and adults for individual therapy and family therapy when applicable. I work with individuals who experience many different personal and life challenges, but I specialize in the following areas:
I use a multi-dimensional approach to therapy and integrate theoretical orientations depending on my clients’ needs. Determining the best treatment is a collaborative effort. I work from an underlying humanistic and interpersonal perspective, relying heavily on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), internal family systems (IFS), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). I help my clients understand how their minds and bodies are connected from a neurological perspective, which is particularly helpful for people experiencing anxiety or a post-trauma response. I use multiple interventions for trauma processing, including EMDR, exposure therapy, cognitive processing therapy, and integrated approaches. I determine with my clients which approach is likely to be most comfortable and effective for them.
For those of you struggling with overwhelming emotions, I can help you be more effective in relationships, regulate your mood, and tolerate distress. Many of my clients find it freeing to learn to accept themselves and their histories while also working toward change. Some clients specifically request that we focus on building effective coping skills, so therapy is often more practical and adaptive to everyday life. I incorporate principles of mindfulness into all of my therapy work and regularly engage my clients in learning and practicing these principles. Lastly, I seek to treat the "whole person" with mindful attention to health and wellness through food, movement, and other aspects of every day life that often become overlooked or hard to manage when we are stressed or overwhelmed.
I am in the office seeing clients Monday through Thursday, typically from 9:00am to 4:00pm (subject to availability).
I am an out-of-network provider for insurance companies. If you would like to use your out-of-network health insurance benefits to help pay for therapy, I can provide you with a statement called a "superbill" which has all the necessary information your insurance company will need. Given that plan benefits vary, I suggest that you call your insurance carrier directly for accurate information about exactly what your plan covers. We can discuss any questions you have about fees, insurance, and payment options during our initial consultation. My fee schedule is at the bottom of this page.
Call me or send me an email! I’d be glad to help you decide if I am the right therapist for you.
111 N. McDonough St.
Decatur, GA 30030
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Thrive Center for Psychological Health, LLC is not a partnership or joint venture. It is an unincorporated association of practitioners, each of whom is an independently incorporated psychologist.Communication with a Thrive therapist does not by itself create a client-therapist relationship or constitute the provision or receipt of psychological services. Any communication with a Thrive therapist should be considered informational only, and should not be relied or acted upon until a formal client-therapist relationship is established pursuant to a written agreement.