Welcome and thank you for visiting! The first thing you should know about me is that I am completely passionate about what I do. It is my goal to help my clients on their journey to lead fulfilling and abundant lives. I am honored to be a part of their healing voyage and bear witness to their lives and stories.
I am a psychotherapist and a sex therapist. Most of my work involves helping my clients overcome struggles with stress, sex, and self-esteem. Professionally, I graduated from the University of Georgia with my M.Ed. in Professional Counseling. I first started in private practice in 2013 in Norcorss, GA where I received training working with clients struggling with anxiety, stress, and trauma. I now work out of two locations in Alpharetta and Buckhead. But in between my transition in Georgia, I travelled the U.S. all the way from Jacksonville, FL to Las Vegas, NV. Travelling and working across these distances allowed me to gain valuable experience with different cultures and gave me valuable opportunities to enhance my therapeutic skills and interests.
I first became interested in sex therapy working in private practice in Jacksonville, FL. There I began working with clients struggling with a variety of sexual issues and I realized that most of the problems they were describing also had underlying themes of anxiety and self-esteem issues. I began exploring how these three topics, stress, sex, and self-esteem, overlap and cause a variety of negative effects on mental, emotional, physical, and sexual health.
From there I transitioned to Las Vegas, NV where I had an invaluable experience volunteering at The Center, serving the LGBTQ community in Nevada. There I began to offer talks and workshops on topics regarding mental health and sexuality. Since then, I have spoken to a variety of audiences on sex and sexuality, cancer and sexuality, anxiety management, boundaries, and self-care.
Personally, I am married 10 years and have one amazing dog named Sulley. If we have the opportunity to meet, you will quickly learn how much I love spending time with Sulley and how much joy he brings my life. I love hiking, boxing, traveling and reading. Any chance I get to be outside enjoying the fresh air, that is where you will find me! Some of my clients like to do walk and talk therapy when the weather is nice and I am more than happy to make nature a part of the therapeutic process.
Please feel free to call me or email me with any questions you have about me or therapy. You can visit the Work With Me page to find out more about the therapeutic services I offer. If you’d like to book an appointment, visit the Contact page for the online appointment request form.
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