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Finding our way through life’s journey can become overwhelming at times. We may reach stages where we feel out-of-touch, out-of-place, and out-of-sync. One method of addressing these bumps on our path is recalibrating how we understand ourselves and others. Insight and introspection can be lifesavers when we feel as though we’ve lost our way. Learning new ways of handling and adapting to all of life’s changes and happenstances can be revitalizing. We can grow through obtaining new information and new perspective. I would be excited to be there with you on your path as a co-journeyer and as a provider of objective, researched-based counseling.
Education & Background
I graduated with a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of North Georgia. On my own life’s journey, I also obtained a master’s degree in French Literature from the University of Georgia. For several years I helped students learn second-language skills and develop as adults and life-learners. For the past year, I have provided counseling and psychotherapy to individuals of diverse backgrounds.
I have worked with a wide range of diverse clients. My prior experience in both a community clinic setting as well as a university setting has put me in contact with a variety of client issues. Many of my previous clients have sought help for depression, anxiety, family/relationship conflict, substance use, adjusting to difficult life transitions, exploring and redefining personal identities, and sometimes simply learning more about who they are and who they want to be. Here is a snapshot of my specialty areas:
- Identity exploration
- Life transitions
- Chronic Disability/ Invisible Illness
- Alternative spirituality
- Existential questions
Certain areas have become specialties and passions that correspond with my professional and personal life experiences. Assisting those in the LGBTQ+ (gender and sexual minority) community is a cause I advocate on the personal and public levels. Sexual/asexual and relationship diversity are issues I have also worked with in the past, including polyamory and kink culture. I believe sexual/asexual positivity and self-exploration are cornerstones of personal growth. Other multicultural and diversity issues are also integral to my work with some clients, such as racial/ethnic identity, generational/age positivity and sensitivity, social justice, etc.
Aside from the issues mentioned above, I also specialize in assisting those experiencing chronic disability/illnesses (sometimes referred to as “spoonies”) In particular, advocating for the rights and dignity of individuals dealing with invisible illness is also important to my practice. Such conditions tend to be disenfranchised and misunderstood by society in general. Examples include, but are not limited to: Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME, Fibromyalgia, cancers, mental disorders, digestive disorders like Celiac Disease and IBS, heart conditions, etc. If you or someone you know struggles with an invisible/chronic condition, my therapeutic approach will provide sensitive, client-driven problem-solving and processing.
Lastly, I have worked with various clients in the past from spiritual backgrounds that do not fit into the more commonly known major religions. My therapy is oriented toward open, non-judgmental processing of spiritual issues and how they relate to overall wellbeing and personal holism. These spiritual perspectives often involve misunderstood philosophical and metaphysical conceptualizations. Clients are welcome and encouraged to share their various spiritual backgrounds and beliefs whenever they feel it pertains to their psychological, emotional, and mental health. (Please keep in mind that the therapy I provide is not spiritual/religious guidance nor motivated by religious or spiritual affiliation)
I provide confidential counseling and psychotherapy to adolescents/teens and adults 14+. My approach to counseling uses a range of tested techniques based in established theories. I draw primarily from Person-Centered Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and Existential Therapy when working with clients. I also work in several other modalities according to what fits best for the client such as Narrative Therapy, Gestalt therapy, Reality Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief therapy, and Relational Approach.
Chi Sigma Iota (National Counseling Honor Society) member
Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia associate member
Rates and Insurance:
Dakota has a rate of 100.00 per session and is not in network with insurances.