Identities are important. Becoming a therapist has been one of the best decisions in my life. Though, to be honest, I think this work found me. I entered university a poetry major, thinking I'd eventually try my hand at plays and short stories; however, life happened, as it does, pushing me out of formal schooling.
With a journal, my cheap guitar, and a best friend, I spent the next three or so years travelling, working odd jobs, in search for the meaning of life. I eventually returned to study in areas ranging from family development, social policy, communication theory, and Black Feminist literature. I later stumbled into behavioral medicine, met Gregory Bateson's work, studied with Bradford Keeney for two years, and have been enamored with traditional healing ever since.
Global city...small town feel
Being a small part-time consulting practice in Atlanta, both in-office and on-site appointments are in high demand. This allows me to work more closely with you, ensuring a personalized experience to each consultation session. The number one benefit to keeping things small is that you'll deal directly with me, from beginning to end.
What to expect
Sessions with me are laid back, full of compassion, and free of judgement. These are often a time where you and I will get creative and act in ways that help disentangle life's problems, and develop closer connections with the people in your life. Think of me as both a choreographer AND a participant in that.
In order for therapy and consultation to be most successful, it is particularly important for you to take an active role. This means working on things both during and between your sessions. This also means avoiding any mind-altering substances like alcohol or non-prescription drugs for at least eight hours prior to your sessions. Generally, the more of yourself you invest, the greater the return. This investment sets you up to be a customer for change, growth, and healing. Sometimes it doesn’t take much to help clients free up their internal strengths and resources—other times difficulties are more complex and clients may need longer. Most clients begin with weekly sessions for a while, until the original concerns that brought them to seek therapy reduce, and then gradually taper off to less frequent appointments. Wherever possible, decisions about the number of sessions and the intervals between appointments are made collaboratively between us.
Finding the right person for your personal therapy is important, because taking care of yourself is the path to a higher quality of life. The best way to get to know me and judge whether we’d be a good fit is to reach out. I'm ALWAYS happy to do a free consult call and speak with you confidentially about your concerns and hopes, regardless of whether we end up having a session or not.
Why work with me?
Having said that...
As your therapist, I will be actively culturally-responsive in our work. Not only do I cherish and embrace the differences between us—these are important elements that we actually need for therapy to be successful. This also means I carefully attune to the nuances of your family heritage and meaning-making with warmth, closeness, and encouragement.
I am LGBTGEQQAI+ affirming in clinical practice and in life. This approach to living supports and embraces Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Gender Expansive, Queer, Questioning, Allies, Intersex, and many other voices and identities. I understand all too well the negative impacts that sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and heterosexism can have on health and stability.
I take a whole-heart relational approach to the health and wellness of you and your loved ones. This means that I show up and follow-up. You’ll get prompt answers to your e-mails, a live person on the phone, and if I’m in a meeting, I’ll return your call as soon as possible. I care about providing you the best possible treatment and believe that you are worthy and deserving of compassionate care.
I am both creative and evidence-based. There is no better way to bring authenticity to a therapeutic relationship than through thoughtful empirically-supported treatment. While therapy can feel slow and winding at times, rest assured that I care about the end results as much as you do.
The technical stuff
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, No. MFT001562, board certified in the State of Georgia, and AAMFT Clinical Supervisor, coaching new mental health professionals working toward post-graduate licensure. I have advanced clinical competence in ecosystemic biopsychosocial approaches, gender affirming care, hypnosis, trauma, attachment theory, and grief work. I am the product of COAMFTE Accreditation, from my masters to doctoral training—both anchored in systems theory and cybernetics, and focused on the application of culturally-responsive clinical practice.
Before settling in the Atlanta Metropolitan Area, I strengthened my skills through working in sexual assault organizations, child welfare, medical clinics, and sliding-fee brief therapy centers working with under-resourced populations in both Louisiana and Georgia. I approach therapy and consultation as a clinician-researcher—having lectured and supervised at two universities, as well as led health education initiatives in relationship and sexual violence prevention, mental health, transgender wellness, bystander intervention, and co-parenting programs. Passionate about family sustainability and healthcare policy, advocating for the practice of mental health has been a focus of my work.
But that's only part of my story
In the real world, I'm a relational aficionado. I've always been a creative type, musician, and storyshaper, but what we do in the therapeutic healing world is much different. It's intimate. Magical. An elegant dance. Occasionally mysterious. Let's face it...at times, it's work.
I'm looking for those who can no longer feel that inner flame. Those who are willing to step with me through the looking glass, ready to change their story.
Is that you?
On the odd days
Outside of "work" I keep fairly busy. I collaborate with several non-profit organizations and community initiatives. You'll frequently see me translating my skills into action, either through regular volunteering, activism, and advocating against social and economic policies that work to disenfranchise or oppress others solely on the basis of culture, race, religion, spirituality, color, national origin, occupational identity, health condition, immigration status, gender identity, age, socio-economic level, gender expression, sexual orientation, relationship style, level of education, physical ability, languaged meaning, and any other unique threads that weave together the fabric of our humanity. Needless to say, I'm a card-carrying justice warrior...and proud of it.
Breakfast is my absolute favorite meal of the day because I love coffee and it gives me an excuse to eat crepes and pancakes—which are really just dessert, right? I’ve made it my mission to find the best spots to break-the-fast in Greater Atlanta, so each Sunday morning my buddies and I try to hit up a new restaurant. Any suggestions?
I enjoy compelling art, film, history, as well as your standard hiking, gardening, and connecting with nature. I carve out the time to write a little everyday. Aside from that, you may find me tucked away in a corner somewhere futzing with my guitar and humming a little ditty.