As a Mindfulness-informed psychotherapist, my primary interest is in helping people enhance healthy ways of handling events and feelings encountered as we lead our lives. I have been teaching classes in Mindfulness Meditation since 1998, and provide mindfulness-based therapy to individuals and couples experiencing problems such as anxiety, depression, and sexuality and relationship issues.
I was educated in Georgia schools and Universities, and my Master’s Degree and licensure is in Clinical Social Work. I have received advanced training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Mindfulness-Informed Self-Compassion, Interpersonal Mindfulness, Emotionally-Focused Couple Therapy and EMDR (Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing). My training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is from the Center for Mindfulness at UMass Medical Center, Worcester, Ma., the oldest and largest stress reduction clinic in the world.
The professional organizations of which I am a member are the National Association of Social Workers, The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, the International Centre of Excellence in Emotionally-Focused Couple Therapy, the Georgia Society for Clinical Social Work, and the Society for the Integration of Spirituality and Psychotherapy.
In 2005 I began work as the therapist/teacher on a research project that investigated the effect of a Mindfulness program I specifically designed to reduce the effects of PTSD in military veterans. The positive results led to further work on other studies and participation in the Garrison Institute Trauma Recovery Initiative. In addition, I was part of a group of therapists, Veterans, and family members that formed a non-profit organization dedicated to healing the effect of war in our Veterans, their families and our communities.