ABOUT THE PRACTICE
My practice centers around a belief that clients are striving to become the most authentic versions of themselves, and that they have encountered obstacles along the way which have inhibited or made that journey toward their ideal selves more difficult. Often, clients have expressed feeling that they must live up to expectations imposed on them by social/cultural norms and others (family, colleagues, friends), or that they must present an image of themselves based on those expectations that feels inauthentic. Many of my clients have navigated systems of oppression and marginalization throughout their lives and as such, they feel an added pressure to “prove their worth”. This process has exhausted them physically and emotionally. Gestalt referred to this as our “fractured selves” - we feel less of a whole person and more like different versions of ourselves depending on the environment, circumstances, people, etc.
My specialty areas center on LGBTQIGE+ concerns, experiences of minority stress, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, relationship concerns, and trauma.
I earned my PhD in Counselor Education and Practice with a cognate in multicultural supervision and practice from Georgia State University and was selected as an NBCC Minority Fellow during my doctorate studies in 2014. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia and a National Certified Counselor and Approved Clinical Supervisor through NBCC. Currently, I am working as a counselor educator and in my private practice and have 14 years of experience in diverse settings including IOP, college counseling, and higher education administration. My research and professional interests have historically centered on LGBTQIGE+ individuals in counseling, counselor education, and supervision. More specifically, my publications have focused on sexual and gender expansive identities and experiences of minority stress as well as coping and burnout. I am a Past-President of the Society for Sexual, Affectional, Intersex, and Gender Expansive Identities (SAIGE; formerly known as ALGBTIC), a national division of The American Counseling Association (ACA).