I first knew that I wanted to help people by my freshman year in high school, when I began volunteering as a peer educator at the Oasis Center, a crisis shelter for homeless and runaway teens in Nashville, TN. I answered the crisis hotline, spent time with the residents, and learned the value of listening. This experience sparked my interest in counseling and changed my life forever. Later, I earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and English from Vanderbilt University and a Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Georgia.
After college, I worked as an in-home family therapist at Youth Villages, a nonprofit serving emotionally and behaviorally troubled children and their families. I was later promoted to managing a mentoring program for children in Tennessee's foster care system.
I attended graduate school with funding through a research assistantship, during which time I studied the effectiveness of Motivational Interviewing, a creative counseling style designed to increase the likelihood of someone changing problem behaviors, such as alcohol abuse. After graduate school, I worked for Ridgeview Institute, a psychiatric and substance abuse treatment facility, in Atlanta, GA, where I provided individual, group, and family counseling. I primarily worked with teens who were seeking inpatient and outpatient treatment for depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and suicidal thoughts.
Following my work at Ridgeview, I was selected for a 2-year clinical fellowship at Emory University, where I provided counseling to employees, staff, faculty, and students. In 2013, I chose to start my own private counseling practice thanks in large part to the encouragement of my husband, who has been my best friend and biggest supporter for over 13 years.
Today, I am a highly trained, experienced counselor with a passion for helping people improve their relationships and find practical, creative solutions to complex issues. I am warm and direct, and I strive to be as empathetic and non-judgmental as possible. I work hard to help my clients see themselves clearly, learn from their experiences, and get the most out of counseling.
Finally, I know what it's like to seek professional help and challenge myself. In my life, I have personally benefited from individual, couples, group and family counseling. I believe that everyone can benefit from one form of counseling or another, as long as they are willing. Most of all, I believe that everyone can change, heal, grow, and we can learn from all experiences—sometimes we just need to have more support, knowledge, or expert guidance to do so.
Post-M.S.W. Fellowship, Emory University, 2011 – 2013
M.S.W., Master of Social Work, University of Georgia, 2010
B.A., Bachelor of Arts, Vanderbilt University, 2005
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW, State of Georgia, 2013 - Present
Licensed Master Social Worker, LMSW, State of Georgia, 2010 - 2013
Distance Credentialed Counselor, DCC, 2013
Counseling ATL, LLC, Owner, 2013 - Present
Emory University Counseling Center, Post-MSW Clinical Fellow, Provided Individual, Couples, Group, and Family Therapy, 2011 – 2013
Emory Faculty Staff Assistance Program, Post-MSW Clinical Fellow, Provided Individual, Couples, Group, and Family Therapy, 2011 – 2013
Ridgeview Institute, Youth Services, Case Manager, 2010 - 2011; Adult Inpatient and Outpatient Units, Clinical Intern, 2009 - 2010
Athens-Clarke County School System, Social Work Intern, Homeless Student Program 2009
Youth Villages, Mentor Program Supervisor for Middle Tennessee, 2007 - 2008; Intensive Family Preservation, Family Counselor, 2006 - 2007
Georgia Society for Clinical Social Work, Member, 2010 - Present; Public Relations Committee Chair, 2014 - Present; Ethics Committee Co-Chair, 2012 - 2014; LMSW Committee Co-Chair, 2010 – 2012
National Association of Social Workers, Member, 2010 - Present
The International Center for Clinical Excellence (ICCE), Member, 2013 - Present
Working with Complex Couples: Going Deeper with Co-morbidities and Gottman Method Couples Therapy; PTSD, infidelity, betrayal, physical and emotional abuse, and psychiatric diagnoses, by William Bumberry, Ph.D., and Vagdevi Meunier, PsyD, National Marriage Seminars, 2015
Gottman Couples and Addiction Recovery, by Robert Navarra, Psy.D., National Marriage Seminars, 2015
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Basic Training, by Deany Laliotis, LICSW, and EMDR Institute, Inc., 2014
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Intensive Training, presented by Dr. Michael Masler, 2011
Gottman Method Couples Therapy Training, Level 1 and 2, presented by Dr. John Gottman and Dr. Julie Schwartz Gottman, 2012 and 2015
Gottman Method Couples Therapy Training, Level 3, presented by Dr. Vagdevi Meunier and Dr. William Bumberry, 2015
Ethical Principles in the Practice of Georgia Mental Health Professionals, presented by Dr. Alan Tepper, 2013
Discernment Counseling for Couples on the Brink of Divorce, presented by Dr. Steven Harris, 2013
TeleTherapy: The New Frontier. Professional Education Lecture for the Georgia Society for Clinical Social Work at Hillside Hospital. September 2014.
Contemporary Ethical Considerations for Mental Health Clinicians Practicing in Georgia. Training for Clinical Staff at Hillside Hospital. April 2014.
An Introduction to Dialectical Behavioral Therapy in Clinical Practice. Training for Clinical Staff at Positive Impact. September 2013.
Helping the Helpers: DBT For Us. Lecture for Emory Student Counseling Center and Emory Student Health Staff. August 2013
Balance in Graduate School. Orientation Lecture for Emory Physician Assistant Students and Their Partners. August 2013.
Women Treating Men. Lecture for Psychology Interns at Emory University Student Counseling Center. April 2013.
Motivational Interviewing. Workshop for Emory Faculty Staff Assistance Program Mental Health Clinicians. March 2013.
Caucasian Clinicians Treating African-American Clients. Lecture for Emory Faculty Staff Assistance Mental Health Clinicians. October 2013.
Basic Clinical Skills. Lecture for Psychology Practicum Students at Emory University Student Counseling Center. August 2013.
Termination with Clients. Lecture for Psychology Practicum Students at Emory University Student Counseling Center. October 2013.
Setting Boundaries with Clients. Lecture for Psychology Practicum Students at Emory University Student Counseling Center. September 2013.
The Roles We Play: Unhealthy Family Dynamics. Lecture and workshop conducted monthly for the Ridgeview Institute Youth Services Program Family Workshop. June 2010 – July 2011.
Setting Limits: Removing the Power Struggle With Your Teen. Lecture presented monthly for the Ridgeview Institute Youth Services Program Family Workshop. June 2010 – July 2011.
Healthy Friendships. Lecture presented for the sixth and seventh grade classes at Daniell Middle School in Marietta, Georgia. November, 2010.
A Collaborative, Action-Oriented Approach to Research Education Across the Continuum. Poster presented for the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting in Portland, Oregon. October, 2010.
The Grief Process. Presented monthly lecture at the Ridgeview Institute Adult Psychiatric Inpatient Program. January - May 2010.
Anger and Resentment. Presented lecture monthly at the Ridgeview Institute Adult Psychiatric Inpatient Program. January - May 2010.
Healthy Communication for Healthy Relationships. Presented lecture at the Ridgeview Institute Adult Psychiatric Outpatient Program. November 2009.
Mentoring Children in Foster Care. Presented monthly trainings through Youth Villages. 2007 - 2008.
Parent Education Classes. Presented series of workshop to local parents through Youth Villages. Spring 2006.
Counseling ATL, LLC