I am a licensed clinical professional counselor, and I have been providing a variety of counseling services to children, teenagers, adults, and families for over 20 years. I have expertise in treating depression, anxiety, ADHD, autism, disruptive/defiant behaviors, parenting concerns, developmental problems, grief/bereavement/loss, life transition concerns, chronic illness, family problems, problems at school or work, child abuse, trauma, and a variety of other concerns.
I began my current practice in 2007 in order to provide a more private and comfortable place for my clients and to be able to more fully meet their needs. I primarily specialize in working with children, teenagers, young adults, parents, and families. I utilize a variety of techniques and strategies in my therapy sessions with clients, and my primary form of treatment is cognitive-behavioral therapy. I like to help people identify their feelings, learn how to better manage these feelings, and help people identify their beliefs about themselves and the world around them. Once people can identify these feelings and beliefs, they can begin the process of developing more healthy ways of viewing themselves, others, and the world around them and in turn lead more fully-functional, joy-filled, and peaceful lives. I also enjoy helping families develop better communication patterns and helping parents develop and implement more effective parenting strategies.
In addition to being a therapist, I am also a wife and mom to 2 children, a boy and a girl. My family also helps to keep me very busy. My husband is a campus pastor at McDaniel College, and we are often hosting college students in our home. I also enjoy hosting play dates for my children and keeping up with their various activities. I enjoy almost any activity that involves being outside and active. Although, I also at times enjoy some quiet time, curled up at home with a blanket reading a good book.
I fully understand from personal experience that being a parent is a challenging job and can seem very draining at times. My goal is to help families create an environment where they can enjoy each other and to help parents have more positive and fun interactions with their children.