They often say the most difficult part of therapy, “is walking through the door.” I believe there is a great deal of truth to that statement. Therapy is not only an investment in yourself, but it is an investment in your life. Compare it to the ripple effect of when a pebble is bounced into a lake. Effective therapy has the ability to positively impact your life and those surrounding you. I would like to help you navigate the challenges that you are facing. You are not alone and there is hope. I can guide you towards increased self awareness, positive change, and healing.
I enjoy working with all age ranges (6 years and up) and with various issues & stressors. I specialize in Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, and Mood Disorders. Other issues and diagnoses that I commonly work with are Traumatic Experiences, Body Image Issues, Womens Issues, Personality Disorders, Challenging Relationships, Grief, Impulsive Behaviors, Self Harming Behaviors, Low Self Esteem, Academic Issues, Peer Relationships, Autism, and more. I am educated in many types of treatment techniques and therapy models. I believe in “individualized treatment” and use what I believe will be most effective for my clients care.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with the ability to diagnose and treat most mental health issues. I am not only a therapist, but I am a Social Worker first (you may notice that I use Counseling and Therapy interchangeably). Being a Social Worker is an added benefit, as I am highly skilled in advocating for the needs of others. Thus I am resourceful at finding the answers to complicated situations or issues.
My work history and training is very versatile and I am quite proud of that, as it makes me more aware and sensitive. Having close to 20 years of experience in my profession has taught me what me where my strengths and weaknesses are. And this led me to going into Private Practice!! I have training and work experience in: Domestic Violence, Medical Social Work, Hospice Social Work, InPatient Psychiatric Social Work (with Adults and Children), Management of Social Workers in the Mental Health Field, and Outpatient Mental Health Social Work.
I am a full time Private Practice Clinical Social Worker. This is where my interests, strengths, experience, and hopes for the future reside. It’s a beautiful experience to see my clients get better. They are a quiet group, yet they are there. And they know I am here for them… You will see that I very much believe in educating our community about mental health issues through my writing and activity on social media. I am very active in the Special Needs Community and advocate for children’s needs in our educational system. I also continue to advocate in the medical community for fairness and equality. I am the administrator of the group “Louisiana Mental Health Advocates.” And previously ran the New Orleans Social Workers group for several years.
If you come into my office, you will not see it plastered with diplomas and certificates. I hang what I am required to..and that’s it. You will rarely see me speaking in front of crowds or on TV. But what you will find, is an office that is used for therapy. And a therapist who focuses on Hope and Change. I like to think of myself as a quiet force, making change one day at a time. And if you decide to come see me, I hope you sit back and feel comfortable. Because this is a safe place.