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Monroe Clinical Staff
Clinical Director of Monroe & Ruston, M.A., LPC-S, NCC, CSAT-Candidate, EMDR Provider, Telehealth Certified in LA
I believe it takes a great deal of courage to speak to someone about the vulnerable pieces of our lives and I never take that for granted with my clients. As a counselor, my mission is to help others realize the strength and worth they already possess and teach them to use that to better their situation. Life is certainly not meant to be lived in isolation. That is why I take great pride in walking alongside my clients, whether dealing with the difficulties of life or celebrating their latest accomplishments.
I have a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, both from Louisiana Tech University. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor that has over 10 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and young adults in both the mental health and ministry fields. I believe that each person is created in the image of God and deserves respect and compassion, regardless of their personal beliefs. I have been married to my high school sweetheart for over 10 years and we have a beautiful little girl.
I work with teenagers, adults, and couples. My primary focus involves teenagers and young adults that deal with anger management issues, behavioral issues at home, work, and/or school, anxiety, depression, divorced, self-harm, suicidal ideations, and/or physical/emotional/sexual abuse. I also work with individuals and couples that have experienced infidelity, trust issues, grief, family stress, and relationship insecurities. In sessions I work cooperatively with clients (who are the experts of their own lives) to help them develop effective communication skills, challenge negative thoughts, and take ownership of achieving their goals. I tend to utilize a strengths-based and solution-focused approach during therapy. I also use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy quite often in challenging negative thoughts and understanding how those thoughts can lead to negative emotions and/or behaviors.
I am a Provisionally Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist as well as a Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of Louisiana at Monroe (go Warhawks!). I started my career as an in-home therapist serving clients that were under-served and seeking help. This work gave me experience in working with couples, families, children, adolescents, and older adults, as well as diverse populations, crisis intervention, and trauma.
I specialize in the practice of marriage and family therapy. I can focus working with problems of childhood and parenthood, marital difficulties, and life difficulties of adulthood that may relate to disturbances in family and other types of relationships. This includes but is not limited to: self-harm, anxiety, depression, family violence, substance abuse, adolescent issues, parenting, and family relations.
I hold the belief everyone has the wisdom within themselves to reach their goals and desired outcomes. My viewpoint is clients are the experts of their lives; I am here to promote change. I am systemic in assessments and understand that behaviors make sense in context. I believe therapy is best when the relationship is authentic and change is desired on both ends. I hope to help you create language to your own experiences, understand the context around you, normalize your humanity, offer tools to promote growth, restore hope, and empower you to make change happen in your life. Connection is the cornerstone to healing, and I would love to work beside you in this journey.
I am a Counseling Intern. I will graduate in December 2022 with my Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Liberty University. I began my career in corporate America and found out very quickly that I did not find fulfillment in it. So I switched over to Adult Education and, while it was rewarding, I still did not find fulfillment. As I explored options, the important thing was that whatever job I would have, I want to be able to make an impact.
Enter: Mental and Behavioral Health. I have spent the last three years working in Mental Health utilizing Wraparound Services both in home and in a school-based setting. What I have come to realize is that the part of myself that connects to this world is the knowledge that struggle is inevitable in life. But it does not have to stop us from growing and building relationships and finding healing. We are built for connection. We are made with value. And my heart explodes with joy at helping people discover that value and how it enables them to find their own fulfillment in relationships and community.
I adore working with children. But I truly find fulfillment in helping all people find the words to ascribe to the situation in which they find themselves. I find that when we can name what we are feeling, we can more accurately work through whatever it is that we are dealing with, whether that be trauma, depression, anxiety, general life questions and transitions, or dealing with complex family issues. I am here to be a partner because that is where I find my fulfillment.