As a therapist, my experiences in various clinical settings have provided me with the knowledge and skill to be an effective counselor for you. I began practicing as a therapist as an intern at the Center for Marriage and Family Therapy in Jackson, MS, where I provided of over 500 hours of clinical therapy and received over 100 hours of direct supervision and case review from experienced clinicians. In addition, I completed internships with Three Oaks Behavioral Health of Ridgeland, MS, co-leading groups with dual diagnosis and mood disorders and the Mississippi Children’s Home, where I worked with groups of children ages 6 to 11. After completing my internship, I had the opportunity to work in different community agencies counseling clients with mood disorders and addictions, as well as treating entire families with troubled teenagers.
In 2010, I returned to school to complete my doctoral work with a focus in counselor education. During this time I completed a three-year assistantship where I was required to teach graduate level counseling courses, conduct research, and provide group and individual therapy. I also served as a coordinator for a program designed to assist students on academic probation reenter the college environment and apply specific skills to allow them to be successful in the classroom.
Upon completion of my doctoral work, I began working as the Pastor of Counseling and Care for Christ City Church in Memphis, TN, where I treated various clients for a variety of personal and relational issues, including infidelity, marital communication and conflict resolution, familial relationships, depression, anxiety, abuse, addiction to pornography, and premarital counseling. I also began a post-graduate supervision process, receiving over 200 hours of direct oversight of my work with my clients from experienced clinicians en route to becoming a licensed marital and family therapist, as well as a board certified and licensed professional counselor. I have had the opportunity to teach various graduate counseling courses as an adjunct professor at Harding School of Theology and the University of Mississippi.
After opening originally in the Memphis area, I was hired at Richmont Graduate University in Chattanooga, TN as an Assistant Professor of Counseling. I have continued to practice part-time in additional to fulfilling my teaching obligations, and I have found that being full time in the field of teaching has only served to enhance my clinical practice.
I have had the opportunity to receive training and guidance from some of the most respected clinicians, including the Gottman Institute, and many other secular and Christian counselors in the field on treatment of issues, depression, infidelity, and recovering from sexual abuse. I have also been ranked as one of the top five marital therapist in the state of Tennessee according to Rank My Therapist. But most of all, I have the experience of a life lived with challenges and obstacles and would love the opportunity to walk with you on your journey to help you find your way.