I have a master’s degree in counseling from Alabama State University and 15 years of counseling experience. To bolster my counseling skills, I got licensed as a Professional Counselor in Georgia and certified in Anger Management Treatment, Clinical Trauma, Professional Counselor Supervision, School Counseling (Georgia, K-12), and Telemental Health. Continuing education is a must so that I stay well-informed and practice counseling professionally, proficiently, and ethically.
My life and professional experiences allowed me to build relationships with people from various backgrounds. I served over four years in the U.S. Army, honorably discharged, and then started working as a counselor for the Department of Juvenile Justice in Georgia. After six and a half years with the Department of Juvenile Justice, I have worked as a school counselor and started a counseling practice.
I was born to be a counselor. I love listening and helping others to use their unique strength(s) or gift(s) to face life challenges and live productive lives. Active listening, unconditional positive regard, empathy, and genuineness are essentials in my work with clients. My preferred therapeutic approach is person/client-centered therapy. My goals are to place myself into the individuals’ world, be nonjudgmental, ethical, build rapport and create positive therapeutic relationships. I want my clients to feel comfortable, accepted, open, and free to talk about any experience without reservation. I believe in self-disclosure to humanize the counseling experiences and share common life events for client growth. We are in this together.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Coping with life changes, ADHD, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Life Purpose, Men's Issues, Multicultural Concerns, Prejudice and Discrimination, Self-Love, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
GA LPC LPC007688
Personally, I’ve struggled most with my self worth and allowing myself to be vulnerable.
Dorian has been a game changer in helping me work through this. In particular:
- he does a great job of creating a a warm and safe space to have these vulnerable conversations that I never was comfortable having before
- he has helped shift my thinking from focusing on the quality of “the outputs” to focusing on the quality of “the inputs” of my efforts when evaluating my own self worth
- he provides just the right amount of encouragement for me to continue to seek out opportunities to challenge my comfort zone in my areas of growth rather than settling for my initial progress.
- he’s always down to make NBA and basketball analogies with me which is also helpful :)
Written on Mar 23, 2023 after therapy with Dorian for 6 months on issues concerning relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem
Written on Jul 14, 2022 after therapy with Dorian for 1 year on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, and parenting issues
Dorian is a fantastic therapist. I have been able to communicate with Dorian about issues I have never been comfortable talking with others about. Dorian listens to what you are saying and at the same time challenges you to think in a different way that betters your understanding of yourself. I appreciate Dorian for what he has done for me.
Written on Feb 28, 2022 after therapy with Dorian for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and relationship issues
Dorian has helped me immensely. He never confuses me with his other patients (I've had that happen with a previous betterhelp therapist), and I feel like we really have good breakthroughs with each session. There's always something I learn about myself! He's an important tool in my mental health journey, and I hope he stays my therapist for a long time!
Written on Jan 28, 2022 after therapy with Dorian for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd
Dorian is amazing
Written on Nov 18, 2021 after therapy with Dorian for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, anger management, bipolar disorder, and coping with life changes
Written on Oct 19, 2021 after therapy with Dorian for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, coaching, and adhd