WHY I STARTED
Having graduated with a BA in 2009, I spent the next five years in a variety of roles working with children from ages 1 -18. In 2014, I returned to school and earned my Masters of Social Work degree from Kennesaw State University. Currently, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I have experience working within inpatient and outpatient settings, both with substance abuse and co-occurring mental health disorders. I strive to partner with clients and their families to identify reasons for becoming stagnant, gain motivation to move towards change and courage to maintain progress. I work through a combination of Dialectical Behavior Therapy skill-building with an emphasis on utilizing mindfulness-based techniques and Motivational Interviewing. Dialectical Behavior Therapy has been proven to be effective in substance abuse
treatment and co-occurring disorders, targeting emotion dysregulation leading to impulsivity, exploring coping strategies to manage crisis situations and navigating conflictual interpersonal relationships.