I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of South Carolina with over 11 years of behavioral health experience working with individuals and families in both a community mental health setting and a private practice setting. Throughout my career, I have worked with symptoms including but not limited to depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trauma, stress management, anger management, parenting and relationship issues among others. In working with patients, I refer to Person-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness and Solution-Focused Therapy.
I believe that our experiences in life shape who we are. With this said, we are in control in terms of the direction we want our life to go in, Taking the first step towards changing that direction is definitely scary, but it can also be liberating and uplifting. In working with clients, it is my professional goal to help each individual overcome the challenges they face in everyday situations and acquire coping skills that can help manage symptoms and face everyday challenges with confidence in both the short term and the long term.
I provide a safe, compassionate and caring environment for clients to work through life's challenges while ensuring patient confidentiality. Taking the first step is always the hardest in anything we pursue in life- I am here to give you the support, encouragement and empowerment to take control of your life!
With this said, I would like to establish a few general guidelines: counseling can be an empowering but it also requires a commitment to change- please be patient as symptoms and issues are processed and explored and understand that it takes time to gain strength. Most presenting symptoms are deep rooted and require more than a few short correspondences to fully resolve. I also ask that you please understand that not all cases are appropriate for online counseling and some are better suited for an office setting. Determinations for level of appropriateness will be made on a case by case basis- if I determine that your case would best be served by an office setting, please respect my recommendation and understand that it is for your best interest.
Lastly, I respond to all messages received within 24 hours- please understand that due to the volume of patients that are seen on a daily basis, adequate time is required to best reflect on correspondences so as to provide the best services possible!
I look forward to working with you!
- Stress, Anxiety
- Self esteem
I also have experience in Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder
LPC #5805 (Expires: 2019-08-31)
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