I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in the treatment of children and adolescents. I meet each child and family with compassion and patience and focus on their strengths and resilience. My approach led me to identify that children are little people with their own internal world and have needs and feelings which need to be explored and understood.
At some point in our lives, we’ve had to deal with the pain and difficulty of losing our voice. Not our physical voice, but losing the capability to speak up for ourselves. Have you ever experienced losing the ability to speak up for yourself or your needs due to the fear of possible rejection? Or the fear that nothing will change? Have you ever lost yourself in the process of attempting to speak up for yourself? Do you want to find your voice again? Admitting some of these things is not easy. However, the honesty and courage it took to seek guidance tells me you’re willing to take responsibility to seek emotional and mental change.
Are you tired of not living fully? I want to help you to create your life worth living. A long time ago you made decisions about yourself and the world. It is possible to re-decide outdated beliefs. After over 30 years as a therapist I have pulled together what I have found to be the most effective methods to create change. My approach is interactive, respectful and down-to-earth. When we meet, I will listen carefully, help you clarify your feelings and help you figure out what you can do to make your situation better. I will share with you any ideas, tools or skills I believe might help you get to where you want to be.
Being born with a naturally intuitive nature presented many challenges; it felt overwhelming and burdensome most of the time, but something deep within knew that it was bigger than me. Yet, most days I felt different and out of place, a misfit… I was always highly sensitive to my environment and the pain that filled the space of the hearts of those around me. This unique gift of perception allowed me to feel what others were experiencing, namely their pain.
I am passionate about helping individuals to transform areas of their life where they have been feeling stuck. I work with clients with relationship issues, anxiety, depression, trauma, sexual or childhood abuse, grief, and spiritual counseling. I have a relaxed, open and collaborative style of working and connecting. I focus on understanding what has affected your life and the resulting emotions. Our focus together is to clear negative thinking and beliefs to shift the way you experience life in a way that works for you.
Women in their 20s-40s are often bombarded with difficult life transitions such as adulting, relationship distress, quarter-life crisis, career pursuits, parenting, caregiving, and more. This can be a lot to manage! Social pressures and the changing roles of women in this age group require a focused, feminist, and knowledgable approach. It can be tricky searching for the right therapist, so I appreciate you being here in the first place. My approach is fine tuned, using radical genuineness, to help you learn how to manage these unique stressors while maintaining authenticity and calm.
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, CCATP, ASDCS
I’m an LCSW with experience in psychiatric inpatient stabilization and outpatient programs. I work with teens through adults diagnosed with mood disorders, psychosis, Insomnia, executive functioning challenges and ASD. I am a certified clinical specialist in both anxiety and ASD. I am trained in CBT for Insomnia. I use a combination of modalities including CBT, motivational interviewing and narrative therapy with clients. I educate clients and families on available community resources in addition to helping them build coping skills.
Welcome to the first step in improving your mental well-being. When working with an individual, I understand that life can be a very turbulent experience, full of unexpected twists, turns, and difficulties. However, it does not have to be negative. I am a firm believer that life should be enjoyable, and every one of us has the potential to improve ourselves. I have experience with Social difficulties, Relationship difficulties, Adolescent difficulties, and Family stress. I use a client-centered approach along with therapeutic techniques to help you develop the inner strength to surpass the difficulties that life has thrown your way.
It's time to live life with intention. No more sitting on the sidelines of your journey lamenting that whatever will be, will be. Understandably, we can’t control everything that happens in our lives, but we can be proactive in understanding our responses to life’s challenges. Seeking mental wellness encourages increased self-compassion and stronger relational bonds. Mental health therapy is an effective and supportive process that can assist you on your journey. As your therapist, I strive to help you cultivate meaningful bonds with self and others by living an intentional and joy-filled internal journey. Let's talk about it...
I have been in practice for 20 plus years. I have worked with a very diverse group of clients in terms of age, sex, race, and ethnic background. My current active clients include adults born in 6 different decades. I work with individuals and do a good deal of couples counseling.
I'm passionate about working collaboratively with all of my clients, especially: clients of all ages with autoimmune, other chronic or potential life-limiting illness; teens/college students and parents with concerns related to academic and/or behavioral issues and in strengthening relationships; clients with mood, anxiety and addiction issues; clients with grief and loss issues and clients contemplating separation and/or divorce. I can objectively mediate a separation or divorce to each parties satisfaction.
Welcome! I help clients discover their own strengths, wisdom, and solutions while using research-based techniques and strategies. Your comfort and specific needs are at the forefront of the process. My areas of interest include: Post-partum issues, mid-life motherhood, anxiety/depression, OCD, stress/professional burnout, stress, creativity & creative work, life-stage changes, senior adults, relationships and life satisfaction. I come to counseling with a professional background in trade publishing (literary agent) and legal education. Two practices: https://womenswellnessofdunwoody.com/ and https://samaritanatlanta.org
All of us have experiences, feelings, and behaviors we cannot always explain, control, or understand about ourselves. I view therapy as a valuable opportunity to learn about our feelings, thoughts, behaviors, experiences, and develop healthier coping skills so that we can feel better about ourselves and interact more effectively in the world around us. In our work together I will offer you strategies to enhance your life through the use of mindfulness, behavioral, and cognitive techniques. My approach is direct, compassionate, empowering, and non-judgmental.
I look forward to working alongside you on your personal goals whether it be coping better with anxiety or depression, setting better boundaries with your friends and family, or supporting along your grief journey. I have experience in several areas including: foster children, foster/adoptive parents, sexual assault survivors, medically fragile children and their caregivers, and individuals at end of life.
I am passionate about helping individuals develop positive views of themselves and others. I work with individuals who struggle with low self-esteem, anxiety/depression, high/unrealistic expectations, self-criticism, and who have trouble reassuring and validating themselves. Further, in order to fully understand your emotions and perceptions, I also explore with individuals how childhood trauma has affected their ability to maintain positive relationships with others and themselves. My goal is to help you become more secure in yourself and your relationship. I want to help you learn to understand, accept, and love yourself fully.
I have 10 years of experience providing psychotherapy and education to individuals and families who are struggling with substance abuse issues. I also work with clients who have undergone a wide range of traumatic experiences. At JFCS, I also work with clients who have undergone a wide range of traumatic experiences. Using my training in Strategic Trauma and Abuse Recovery, a source-focused model, I can ally with clients and work within a collaborative framework to promote healing.
I believe in establishing a non-judgmental therapeutic partnership with clients to assist in overcoming life's difficulties. I am dedicated to helping clients understand the issues that are affecting their well-being and developing a plan to positively address these issues.
Whatever life has thrown at you that brings you to therapy, I'm proud of you for taking a step towards healing by looking for a therapist. I know how daunting it can be to begin the therapy journey, so I want to reassure you that the journey will be challenging but rewarding. I have a passion for working with couples and clients with ADHD. Have you experienced any form of loss that has left you trying to pick up the pieces? Do you struggle with relationships and maintaining boundaries? Do you need a safe space to express yourself without judgment? I'm here to help you navigate the transitions of life.
Are you depressed? Do you feel alone in a room full of people? Do you find yourself wanting to cry but not knowing why? My favorite quote is, "The opposite of depression is not happiness, but vitality" and I wholeheartedly believe in it. Depression does not discriminate. I specialize in depression treatment among different populations- infertility, perinatal mood disorders, older adults, and midlife adults. Another speciality includes caregiving and different types of grief. You don't have to do this alone. I believe therapy makes the world a better place and you are brave for seeking help.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Dunwoody are psychologists, licensed counselors, therapists, psychotherapists, and licensed clinical social workers, all of whom diagnose mental health conditions and provide individualized treatment.
Services offered, education and credentials vary by type of mental health professional. Each professional in Dunwoody then may specialize in certain areas, such as depression, marriage counseling, or anxiety. Although many mental health providers are not licensed to prescribe medication, they may coordinate with a provider who can.
Both in-person and online therapy sessions are available from most psychologists.
How to find a specialist?
You can refine your search using the filters on this page. There are several categories you can filter by to find mental health professionals with the experience you are looking for. You may want to filter for CBT Psychologists in Dunwoody, or Child Psychologists in Dunwoody.
Many find it useful to use filters to view only psychologists that have experience working with certain issues, like Dunwoody psychologists specializing in EMDR.
What method of therapy is right for me?
When it comes to treatment methods, there's no 'right way.’ Each method of therapy can be beneficial for a variety of issues. Psychologists in Dunwoody specialize in therapeutic approaches such as CBT, EMDR, and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), among others. Finding a psychologist or therapist who is a good fit for you is the most important step to discovering what type of therapy, or combination of therapeutic approaches, will meet your individual needs. Learn what to expect from different types of therapy and how they work.
How to use my insurance?
Many therapists accept health insurance. Check to see if your insurance is covered. Feel free to discuss this when you contact the therapist.