My heart and passion is in the field of addiction, both working with the individual (adolescent or adult) who desires sobriety, and also with the family who may be impacted by their disease. My belief is that anyone can benefit from talking to a professional in a safe, non-judgmental environment. I promote an individualized plan of care based on the needs identified by the client. For the last 18 years, I have been providing this service to the Charlotte community and I am just as passionate about it today as I was when I first started.
I enjoy working with both individuals and families from ages 12 to adult. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and graduated in 1999 with a BA in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Wingate University. I went on to graduate with my Master of Social Work from the University of South Carolina in 2001. Having worked in a wide variety of mental health and substance abuse settings, I am skilled in a variety of clinical situations.
I currently work full-time for a large insurance company where I run a Substance Use Disorder coaching program. I am so excited to start providing direct care to my clients again after a four year hiatus from private practice. The work that can be done in therapy is where my heart lies, and I look forward to seeing clients in an intimate and productive setting.
My clinical orientation is grounded in a wide-range of techniques, and my experience has brought me to a place where I simply “do what works.” My methods are tailored to the individual’s needs and aren’t limited to a particular type of therapy. With that being said, my clinical approach is one that is grounded in cognitive behavioral and family systems theory. I may pull from other theories and incorporate various techniques depending on the specific needs of the individual/family I am working with.
I take a holistic approach to overall health and wellness and this often means that it’s necessary for me to coordinate care with other providers. I encourage my clients to explore a variety of techniques to promote their emotional health. This is only done at my discretion, and with your willingness, support and permission. I am your catalyst for change, and look at each person as “driving” his or her own care.
Seeking help takes courage and I am here to facilitate and help you do the work that will make you and your life more satisfying and peaceful.