In 2011 I completed a graduate degree in Marriage, Couples and Family Counseling from the University of South Carolina. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) from Columbia, South Carolina and have worked in the public school system, a University setting, and since 2013, in private practice where I have been providing services for individuals and couples for a wide variety of issues. I approach each client from a place of respect, curiosity and compassion regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, spiritual affiliation or social status. Whenever possible, I prefer to avoid using diagnostic labels with clients, believing that people are much more than what any diagnosis could capture. In most cases, “symptoms” experienced by the client are simply outdated responses, often subconscious, which at one time made perfect sense in their original context, but which are now no longer helpful. In these cases, I believe it is better to initially “befriend” the symptom in order to understand it more fully before attempting to change or eliminate it. I don’t see individuals as damaged or broken but rather as people doing the best they can given their particular circumstances. As a therapist, I seek to help individuals become more conscious of why they experience life the way they do and provide practical tools to aid in gaining greater self-mastery. Some of these tools and insights come from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma Informed Care (TIC), MIndfulness Based Therapies, and Humanistic approaches. I believe that each client is unique and that, therefore, therapy must be approached in a way that is most helpful to the individual.
Currently I am providing therapy remotely via Zoom. I believe that technology has made it possible to provide the same level of therapeutic care from a distance as can be provided via face-to-face appointments.
In my free time I enjoy connecting with loved ones, spending time in nature, surfing, yoga, playing guitar, and learning everything I can about mental, physical, and spiritual health, and personal development.
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