I earned a Masters degree in Counselor Education from North Carolina State University, conferred in 2002. I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor (#S4416) & a National Certified Counselor (#76073). I have advanced training in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders from Postpartum Support International, and I am a Certified Perinatal Mental Health Professional. I have been providing counseling services since 2002, and have been in private practice since 2004. I am conveniently located in Cary, NC.
I provide assessment and counseling to mostly adults. I primarily work with those who are struggling with life changes such as adjustment to a developmental stage or a life transition. I also work with those who are struggling with more chronic issues, such as depression and anxiety, trauma, and grief and loss. My particular interest is in supporting new moms struggling with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, those who have experienced pregnancy loss, those experiencing infertility, women struggling with poor self esteem, poor body image, and/or disordered eating. I also enjoy working with athletic clients, or those desiring to incorporate wellness and fitness into their overall self-care plan. I enjoy working with diverse and multicultural populations.
In my personal life, among the many hats I wear are mom, wife, daughter, friend, and athlete. I have been married to my husband Chris since 1999, and we have 4 amazing children. My own personal self care plan includes ongoing self awareness, giving myself permission to be enough just as I am, exercise and running, and spending quality time with my friends and family. I am a helper and a nurturer and I look forward to our potential work together.
Individual Counseling is a joint process in which you and I will work together to establish treatment goals based upon the unique struggles that compelled you to seek support. I work with those struggling with anxiety, depression, life adjustments and transitions, grief and loss, poor self care, and low self acceptance. During our work together, you may explore feelings, beliefs and behaviors that might be interfering with your ability to live your life with more emotional and mental calmness. It may serve you to challenge long held maladaptive thoughts and behaviors. Counseling can be a bumpy journey, and painful at times. It requires you to work outside of the session to try out new behaviors and new ways to think about how best to live your life in a values oriented way.
As the saying goes, "if nothing changes, nothing changes."
I would welcome the opportunity to partner with you in your journey.
As a mother of four, motherhood is something I know well, from the not so good parts to the joys that cannot be defined by words. Since 2011, I have focused much of my clinical work toward new moms and moms of new infants as they transition roles and grow in their new identities. Oftentimes an event that you look forward to with such joy and excitement can ultimately be fraught with feelings of fear, anxiety and depression. It can be overwhelming, and reaching out can be difficult because, after all, you are pregnant or just had a new baby and you are "supposed" to be glowing. This simply is not the reality for many of us as we experience pregnancy or bring home baby and settle into new routines. If you are currently pregnant or have recently given birth and are struggling, please know that you are not alone, and I would be honored to support you in your journey.
Many experiences related to our childbearing years are oftentimes taken for granted by those who have not experienced them. If you are struggling with infertility, or have experienced a pregnancy loss, and need a safe place to explore and experience your feelings, I applaud your courage to reach out, and appreciate that you might consider me for your counselor.
I am qualified to provide clinical supervision to those pursuing licensure in North Carolina as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor. The requirements are found at North Carolina Board for Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors. My fee is $75.00 for each one-to-one supervision hour. I offer a complimentary session in order for us to meet and determine if we would be a good fit. Please inquire for more information.