A good summation of my perspective on counseling is the encouragement "... above all; to thine own self be true." Shakespeare went on to say that this genuineness with self would lead to better relationships with others. I believe that before lasting change can be accomplished each person needs to come to a better understanding of the elements that are their soul (i.e., physical, emotional, spiritual, relational and intellectual needs). When we know where we are, we can then plan a course to desired destinations and begin our journey toward increased well being. I consider my role in this process as a source of hope, support and clarity. Using gentle confrontation, I try to help bring out creativity with regard to problem solving as well as promote self analysis of the internal dynamics involved in the decision making process. I also try to aid in developing self recognition of internal conflicts and the use of these conflicts to find peace with self and more productive ways of coping with life's stressors.
I have been trained to work with adults, specifically college students. I received my Masters in Counselor Education with a concentration in College Counseling from Mississippi State University in December 2008. I enjoy working with the dynamics of this phase in life and feel that it is a pivotal age for self discovery and change. I have also worked with children in grades K-12 as a support therapist for 2 years. In this capacity, I helped children to learn coping strategies for various life stressors, for attention problems and mood disorders. I have been working at SCA as a generalist since April 2011. While here, I have gained experience working with relational, marital and family concerns, and further augmented my earlier training and experiences. Although I have a wide range of experience, I specifically enjoy the challenge of working with ADHD in both children and adults, relationship issues, anxiety (especially performance and testing anxiety), Asperger's Disorder, and mood disorders.
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