I've been in private practice for over ten years.
In addition to my Winston-Salem counseling practice, I staffed Safe Harbors Workshops for adult survivors of abuse for ten years, and continue to staff Life, Loss and Healing grief workshops (Durham).
I'm also a writer. (Click here for more information on my writing.) My creativity informs my counseling practice as I seek to find the best way to work with each client. There is no one size fits all, and a tool that works well with one client may be utterly worthless with another. Part of the magic of the process is fitting the right approach to the right person.
What I believe about counseling
I believe people can and do change. I believe that healing is possible, although what that looks like is different for every person. I believe that while sometimes just surviving is a heroic feat, the whole of our lives isn't meant to be spent just surviving. I believe that while our past may have an impact on our present, it doesn't have to dictate it. I believe that getting help may be the bravest thing we ever do. And I believe that if you are able to reach out for help, you have more strength than you know.
The other stuff about me
I'm a graduate of Furman University, Southeastern Seminary and Wake Forest University. In addition to being a counselor and writer, I'm also an ordained minister. What that means for counseling is that if you want to include your spiritual life in the discussion, I can do that. But if you don't, we won't.
I've completed a year's residency in Pastoral Care and Counseling at NC Baptist Hospital and a yearlong training in the therapy methods of Virginia Satir. I've done advanced training in grief with the former staff of Elisabeth Kubler-Ross. I've been awarded the Richard K Young Award from the Department of Clinical Pastoral Education at NC Baptist Hospital (1995) and the Richard Furman Award from Furman University (2005)