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Relationship Counseling

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  • Major Life Events

  • Low self esteem

  • Coming out

  • Pre-marital work

  • Separation and divorce

  • Self-worth

  • Anger management

  • Trauma and PTS

  • Grief and loss

  • Communication difficulties

  • Stress and anxiety

  • Caregiver burnout

  • Chronic illness

  • Family conflict

  • Parent coaching  

I believe there are numerous ways to help people change, and work closely with clients to enable them to reach their goals and potential through an inclusive, affirming, non-pathologizing orientation.

Often as people become more mindful and accepting of themselves, they are more capable of finding peace and contentment in their lives. This can happen in assessment and talk therapy alone, while in other cases I may suggest meditation, mindfulness, and hypnosis in our work. However, insight, self-awareness, and/or self-acceptance are lofty goals that may take time to achieve. Sometimes it doesn’t take much to help clients free up their strengths; other times difficulties are more complex and clients may need longer to find solutions that work for them. Most clients begin with weekly sessions for a while, until the original concerns that brought them to seek therapy begin to 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 the therapist and client.

In order for therapy to be most successful, it is important for you to take an active role. This means working on things that we talk about 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 therapy sessions. Generally, the more of yourself you invest, the greater the return. I refer to this as being a customer for change.

Furthermore, it is my policy to only see clients who I believe have the capacity to resolve their own problems with my assistance. It is my intention to empower you in your change process, to the degree to which you are eventually able to face life’s challenges without my assistance. I do not believe in creating dependency, or in prolonging therapy if the therapeutic intervention does not seem to be helping. If this is the case, I will direct you to other resources that will be of assistance to you. I encourage you to let me know if you feel that transferring your therapy services to another facility or another therapist is necessary or may better meet your needs.

Professional Relationship: Psychotherapy and consulting is a professional service I will provide for you. Because of the nature of therapy, your relationship with me has to be different than most relationships. It may differ in how long it lasts, the objectives, or the topics we cover. It must also be limited to only the relationship of therapist and client.

There are important differences between therapy and friendship. Friends may see your position only from their personal points-of-view, compared with their own life experiences. Friends may want to find a quick and easy solution to your problems so that they can feel helpful. These short-term solutions may not be in your long-term best interests. Friends do not usually follow-up their advice to see whether it was useful. They need for you to do what they advise.

A therapist, however, is typically not invested in any particular outcome. Rather, a therapist co-constructs choices with you and helps you choose what is best for you. By now you know that I am required to keep your identity a secret. As much as I would like to, for your own confidentiality, I will not openly address you in public unless you speak to me first. I must also decline any invitation to attend any gatherings with your family or friends. Lastly, when your therapy is completed, I will not be able to be a friend to you like your other friends. In sum, it is my duty to always maintain a professional role. Please note that these guidelines are not to be insensitive or discourteous in any way – they are strictly for your long-term protection.

 

For a long time it was thought that we could only become a family by birth, adoption, and marriage. It's my belief and experience that people develop relationships with whom they consider to be their family. This has been referred to as a “family-of-choice.” I too have people in my life that I consider to be family. Therefore, I believe that a family-of-choice is a real family, and that family is an ever-evolving idea.

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Growth will always feel uncomfortable, because change is complementary to stability. 

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THERAPIST FOR YOUR COMPANY

Organizations run smoothly when employees feel invested in the brand AND one another. From individual to organization to the larger community, ever prudent, I will carefully explore the nature of the relationships that make up your company's world, assess existing strengths and resources, and intervene in a way that is nuanced, respectful, solution-oriented, and brief.  

COUPLE + RELATIONSHIP THERAPY

We are hard-wired for connection and romantic bonds are the strongest antidotes in keeping you both physically and emotional well. Whether pre-marital, same-sex, multi-gender, multi-partnered, living together or not, all relationship structures deserve care, compassion, and a therapist you can trust to navigate the tender moments.

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GENDER CARE

As a queer therapist, supporting clients through gender care is incredibly meaningful to me. Click here to learn more about that process, and resources for gender affirming treatment.

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SUPERVISION + CONSULTATION

Self reflection that nurtures professional growth is about a bigger pursuit we call life-long learning. As a clinician you get that. Click here for a glimpse into my style as a supervisor and consultant. 

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Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs) have advanced clinical training in systemic therapy and are licensed to diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders.

MFTs work in a variety of settings throughout Georgia and the rest of the country providing mental health services, as well as working in private and group practice. 

WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT MFTs?

Working with an MFT is highly effective due to the systemic orientation we bring to treatment. As relationship experts, we'll always be considering how the issue at hand may be tied to patterns and habits with the people that matter most in your life--and importantly, making careful choices about the impact of therapy on those relationships. 

Since MFTs are in high demand, we frequently treat individuals by themselves, couples (pre-marital, same-sex, multi-partnered, mix-gender, living together or not), roommates, colleagues, other clinicians, spiritual leaders, as well as families of all varieties. No matter who is in the room, MFTs will carefully explore the nature of the relationships that make up your world, build on your existing strengths and resources, and intervene in a way that is nuanced, respectful, solution-oriented, and brief.  

With improving communication always a useful goal, together we will carve out space to express and explore difficult thoughts and emotions, to better make sense of each others' behaviors and points-of-view. It's my job to help tailor the experience toward change, but to make useful changes in our lives, we must first invite each other to the table.

 

 

From individual to family to organization to the larger community, ever prudent, I will carefully explore the nature of the relationships that make up your world, assess existing strengths and resources, and intervene in a way that is nuanced, respectful, solution-oriented, and brief.  

 

 

- never taking sides, blaming, or offering "one size fits all" answers. 

who work with individuals; couples - whether or not married; families of all types; and groups to cure or relieve mental, emotional, and relational concerns of all kinds. MFTs work in a variety of settings throughout California and the rest of the country providing mental health services, as well as provide services in independent practice. MFTs have minimally acquired two-year masters degrees, 3,000 hours of supervised experience, and have passed two rigorous exams.

 

MFTs practice early crisis intervention and brief, focused psychotherapy to resolve problems or reduce symptoms quickly. They also have the expertise and skills to work with persons where more intensive, long-term treatment is necessary.

 

Why MFTs are Effective
Marriage and family therapy is highly effective because of the "systemic" orientation that its therapists bring to treatment. MFTs believe that an individual's emotional concerns or issues can be more meaningful and productive when treated within the context of his or her current or prior relationships.

 

Marriage and Family Therapists are licensed by the State of California. They must undergo extensive education, training, clinical fieldwork, and pass two rigorous examinations to demonstrate professional competency. Requirements for licensure include a related doctoral or two-year master's degree, passage of a comprehensive examination, and at least 3,000 hours of supervised experience.

 

Psychotherapy services of licensed Marriage and Family Therapists are, in many instances, eligible for insurance reimbursement. Marriage and Family Therapists are providers under the CHAMPUS program, and many are participating providers with major health insurers. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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If couple or family work is what you're looking for, I highly recommend a professional who is licensed in family therapy.

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Do you have a job that requires a fair amount of written and computer work, verbal interaction with coworkers, leading meetings? Notice how physically exhausted you are when you get home? 
 

Maybe your work consists of more walking, heavy lifting, or travel in a vehicle? Do wanna simply melt into your favorite Netflix or TV show at the end of the day?

Our "thinking mind" and "thinking body" are intimately connected!

 

Being a small consulting practice in Atlanta, I have somewhere between 25 and 30 possible appointments each week, both in-office and on-site in the community. This allows me to work more closely with clients, ensuring a personalized experience to each therapy and consultation session. The number one benefit to keeping things small is that all clients deal directly with me, from beginning to end. This allows for a more personal tailored experience, and enhances our working relationship. 

Finding the right fit for your therapy is important.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am a systems consultant and relationship aficionado! I also  

happen to have the advanced clinical training in psychotherapy and a license to diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders.

 

From individual to family to organization to the larger community, ever prudent, I will carefully explore the nature of the relationships that make up your world, assess existing strengths and resources, and intervene in a way that is nuanced, respectful, solution-oriented, and brief.  

To truly have an affirming practice, one must live an affirming life. Not only do I greatly respect the differences that weave together the fabric of our humanity - I embrace, cherish, and celebrate them. Therefore, you can expect a working relationship that is attuned, responsive, and inclusive of your 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.  

Systemic therapy is an investment

in both YOU and the network

of relationships of which you are a part!

I do not currently accept any form of insurance; however, I'm happy to provide clients with a Super Bill statement, which can be submitted to your insurance company for possible out-of-network benefit. If you do intend to submit to insurance company, please NOTIFY me as soon as possible, so that we can ensure proper documentation from the beginning. I encourage clients to speak with their insurance companies directly about reimbursement options.

family therapy

Is your family going through a tough time right now?

Truth is, I believe you ARE doing the best you can.  The perfect time to seek help in therapy is before small problems become bigger ones. I encourage families to get “check-ups," especially if they have a question or discomfort about how someone in the family is doing.  It's never too late to get help. Trained as a family therapist, I place a strong emphasis on how relationships impact the way we thrive.  Families (including the ones we choose) often hold clues and resources that unlock the healing process. So, involving whole families in treatment has the potential to create powerful changes, as family members feel a part of the experience, contributing rich understandings of the issues.   

 

It's often useful to alternate between the whole family and a smaller part of the unit (e.g., just parents, an individual, or two siblings) for one or more sessions. Developing a trusting relationship and working towards agreed upon therapeutic goals will take different amounts of time for each member of the family. For example, teens are often not the ones requesting therapy, so there can be some apprehension around entering a therapist’s office. When working with adolescents, the therapeutic process can feel slower, as processing significant issues requires high levels of trust and safety which can extend the therapeutic work. Children need to feel comfortable with a therapist. To develop this kind of relationship, it’s my job to hold a brave space to enable your kids to communicate thoughts and feelings and feel truly heard. I provide that space through creative family therapy interventions and parent coaching. For adolescents alone, traditional talk therapy combined with creative interventions promoting healthy communication and identity formation are used.

With improving communication always a useful goal, together we will carve out space to express and explore difficult thoughts and emotions, to better make sense of each others' behaviors and points-of-view. It's my job to help tailor the experience toward change, but to make useful changes in our lives, we must first invite each other to the table.

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Are you and your partner ready to live more fulfilling lives together?

Truth is, lovers often wait years before seeking out a relationship professional. I get it!  Fighting with the one you love most can be so painful. You may even feel like it's your fault or that your partner is really the problem. But guess what...neither you nor your partner are the problem. The problem is the problem. The everyday emotional dance we all find ourselves in swallows us up.

Whatever life stage you may be in with your partner, I can help you work through any presenting issues, and move toward feeling more loved and supported. Sessions with me will really slow down those moments where conflict or misunderstandings happen. Together we will make sense of how you and your partner get stuck in these subtle motions over and over again. We all have rich inner worlds, and you both deserve a safe place to open up and share parts of them. One of the key differences to relationships that thrive, is the ability of both partners to turn to each other, risk sharing something vulnerable, and safely connect around needs, wants, and desires—we can create that. 

But relationship coaching isn't just for those with specific issues anymore. Many seek out a therapist for premartial counseling or to build upon what's already going well.

 

Sessions typically include both partners. Initially, following our first meeting together, we will schedule individual sessions for each of you so you can have a full session with me. We will then meet together again, at which point I will share my impressions, and together we will formulate a mutually designed treatment outlook. We may meet weekly or every other week depending on your needs and scheduling constraints. 

 

So, whether you're just dating, married, engaged, same-sex, multi-partnered, trans, gender expansive, living together or not - I can help. 

grief and loss

No matter how resilient you are, at some point we all encounter loss. Whether it's the ending of a marriage, developing a chronic illness, financial hardship, or death of someone we love, grieving these changes can feel like the end of the world. There is no right or wrong way to grieve, but there are healthy ways to face emotional pain, find joy in unlikely places, make new meaning, restore harmony, and move on with the business of living.

men, boys, and developing a healthy sense-of-self

We hear that being a man has its advantages. You rarely hear how developing healthy masculinity can feel like a real burden. Whatever it means to be a "man," much less a "good man," comes with a set of complex and hidden challenges that typically go unnoticed and unheard.  

 

Sometimes us guys are reluctant to talk about our inner worlds. We may even be disconnected from them. You can coax us into getting that physical check-up at the doctor, but the thought of going to therapy is admitting defeat, having to ask for help, or a last-ditch waste of time where we'll be forced to "get in touch with our emotions." And of course we feel that way. There is a pattern of socializing vulnerability, sensitivity, and responsiveness out of men and boys in our culture. 

 

Well, let me clear the air. Relational and emotional health are just as important as physical health. In fact, they go together like peanut butter and jelly. I've been coaching men and boys on developing healthy communication, relationships, and masculinity for over a decade. As a therapist, I regularly work with men (both cisgender and transgender), who are struggling with body issues, dealing with anger, feeling pressure to manage work and social lives—and these are contributing to anxiety and depression.  

 

So, if curious about therapy, shoot me an email. I'm listening. 

polyamory and multi-partner relationship support

Consensual relationships that encompass multiple people are not for everyone. However, in my experience many clients find them to be rewarding for a lifetime. When the time comes that you and your partners are seeking therapy, locating a clinician who is affirming of, and adept in the language of open polyamorous relationships can be an obstacle - even in Atlanta. If you're currently open, poly, in a polycule, or if you're curious about these kinds of relationships, I can help you navigate the complexity of multiple intimate partners. 

gender affirming care

I specialize in working with clients who identify as gender nonbinary, transgender, gender expansive, gender queer, those who aren't quite sure, and perhaps some that I haven't listed here.

Exploring your gender identity is not a sign of mental illness. Though, you may be experiencing some distress and symptoms related to it. For this, many people find gender affirming care highly beneficial.

 

Sessions may include assessment, exploring your gender identity, as well as affirming care plans related to acceptance and commitment to your gender identity and expression. If affirming medical treatment is a goal of yours, or if you have already begun/undergone treatment (e.g., hormone therapy, surgery), this may require that your primary care provider and I collaborate to a small extent. I regularly write letters for medical treatment (e.g., HRT, affirming surgeries). 

 

Any decisions around your gender affirming care are made collaboratively, and with the highest sensitivity. A care plan may include, if possible, working alongside those closest to you, i.e., intimate partner(s), family members (including those you consider family). As a trained couple and family therapist, I can assist in navigating these tender moments, providing support, resources, and information.  

work-life support for the busy professional

Being a rock star in your chosen occupation, without becoming overly occupied by it is a challenge worth our focus and attention in therapy. With so many of us pulled between work projects, building relationships, responsibilities at home, and squeezing in a social life, it's no surprise that more than 1 in 4 Americans describe themselves as overly stressed.

 

I totally understand—I'm super passionate about what I do and you'll find me talking about ideas with other clinicians ALL the time. Like you I've also been known to sacrifice my well-being for a deadline; however, if I may paraphrase a line from singer-songwriter Emily Saliers, "While your flame never faltered, even in the fiercest wind, even the strongest wick grows dim and sick when it's burning at both ends." 

 

A certain amount of stress is useful in spurring creativity, but the key to a healthy relationship with stress lie in a couple of places: Rhythm + Harmony

relational health for clinicians

Of course, we clinicians who provide care for the public also need brave spaces to accept care for ourselves—not only to nurture relational health in general, but also to ensure a healthy boundary between our personal stuff and our work with patients.

 

Whether you're a mental health professional, primary care doctor, surgeon, nurse, physical therapist, or specialize in communication disorders, you may be navigating your own self-worth, intimate relationships, or just feeling burnout. We've all been there. At any rate, you too deserve a place to feel vulnerable and disentangle problems. 

 

My office complex is secluded, private, and shared by a variety of professional services outside the field of psychotherapy. However, I also offer in-office sessions (meaning your office if you have one) with no additional commute fee—so you’ll never run into familiar faces...except mine. 

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