Do you ever feel "stuck" in a pattern that inevitably leads to not getting what you want in life? Do the messages you carry from the past keep getting in your way? Are you holding onto resentments and negative feelings that prevent you from moving forward? Are you confused about how to make important decisions? If any of these things are a current struggle for you, then let's talk!
I earned a B.S. in Psychology (2003) and an M.S.Ed. in Counseling (2005) from Old Dominion University. I have been a Licensed Professional Counselor since 2008 and a Certified Sex Offender Treatment Provider since 2009. I have worked extensively in community mental health and in private practice.
I have training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) used for the treatment of trauma and PTSD, along with training in Gottman Method Couples Counseling to address marital and relationship issues. I utilize Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to address a variety of issues such as depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders. Additionally, I have a special interest in spiritual issues and men’s issues. I enjoy working with adults, couples, and groups. I also find great satisfaction in partnering with family members / friends who have a loved one who suffers from mental illness to help them cope.
I would love the opportunity to walk the journey with you. Please reach out to Tinker Creek Creative Counseling and let’s discuss how we can help you reach your goals.
In choosing a mental health professional, you want to ensure that the person has the training and experience to assist you with getting the results you desire. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and I have 20 years of experience in the behavioral healthcare field. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science from Bluefield University and a Master of Social Work degree from Radford University. I work closely with children, tweens, teens, adults, families, and couples with a broad range of crises, mental health and stressful life situations. My clinical experience includes individual and group therapy in community health clinics and inpatient psychiatric units. I utilize a variety of approaches to therapy and take a collaborative, person-centered, strength-based approach to treatment. I believe in providing goal- directed treatment by working with you to develop goals that are specifically tailored to what you what to achieve are established. Treatment is then planned with your specific goals in mind and progress is made toward the goal in a time-sensitive manner.
My areas of specialty include: depression, anxiety, grief and loss, mood instability, anger/aggressive behaviors, oppositional adjustment issues, family conflict, school/social issues, end of life issues, and life transitions. Therapeutic approaches utilized during treatment include: Eye Movement Desentization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused, Strength-Based, Gestalt, Person-Centered, Attachment-based, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, Expressive Arts, Play, and Trauma Focused. I believe in providing a positive and supportive environment where you can feel accepted, empowered and experience the personal growth you desire. I will provide a non-judgmental environment and will treat you with dignity, and respect.
I am a lifelong resident of Roanoke. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, pets, and friends, reading, cooking, baking, shopping, and watching DIY home improvement shows.