I am very fortunate to be doing what I love for a living, helping people live their best, authentic, full life. I believe in establishing a collaborative approach with my clients as well as other professionals who are a part of their treatment team to help support them throughout the therapeutic process. Using mainly cognitive-behavioral techniques, rational emotive behavioral therapy, as well as solution-focused therapy, I help my clients learn how to identify and challenge their negative thoughts and unhealthy behaviors so they can develop more meaningful lives. I work with clients in managing their emotions, balancing competing needs, improving their ability to communicate with others, and building a more healthy and resilient self-concept. Utilizing a direct, interactive approach, with a touch of humor, I teach my clients coping skills so they can pull from their “toolbox” of skills between sessions and eventually throughout their lives. I am known as the “funny, gentle, tell-it-like-it-is” therapist, while creating a warm, safe, nonjudgmental environment. I pull these skills and techniques together to assist my clients in uncovering core issues and solutions to their psychological problems.
I conduct individual, couples, and family therapy with adolescents and adults and specialize in treating depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, body image, weight management and obesity issues, relationship issues, divorce issues, parent-child interactions, adolescent issues, sexual identity, self-esteem issues,andtrauma. As a Jamaican who has lived in America for many years, I am also sensitive to minority, diversity, and cultural issues. I also enjoy working with individuals who are feeling unfulfilled and dissatisfied in their daily life.
My expertise and passion in eating disorders and other eating-related issues led me to start the firstInternational Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (iaedp) chapter in Georgia. I am the Founding President of this chapter, which is a non-profit organization committed to the education and training of Georgia professionals who treat eating disorders. I am also proud to share that I am the first psychologist in Georgia to be Certified as an Eating Disorders Specialist (CEDS) by iaedp Foundation and I am also an iaedp Approved Supervisor. This allows me to provide supervision to professionals seeking ieadp certification as they gain experience in treating eating disorders. I have also received training in obesity medicine and I am a member of the Obesity Medical Association and the Obesity Action Coalition.
In addition, I have been intensively trained as a Divorce Coach by Collaborative Law Training Associates, Inc. As a Divorce Coach I work with divorcing couples as well as professional/business relationships to help defuse highly charged emotional issues and develop strategies, including co-parenting strategies, and plans. Using the collaborative approach, I also work with attorneys, financial consultants, child specialists, and mediators who have also been trained in Collaborative Law.
Being actively involved in the professional community and collaborating with colleagues and professionals from various disciplines is very important to me. In addition to my involvement with the aforementioned organizations, I served as the Diversity Delegate for the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Georgia Psychological Association (GPA) as well as the Chair of the GPA Ethnic Minority Affairs Committee. I have also served on the Board of Directors for GPA for four years. In addition, I have been a professional member of the Eating Disorder Information Network (EDIN) and a Board Member for Supporting Others Achieve Recovery (SOAR). I also conduct presentations and workshops in schools, universities, community organizations, and conferences on issues related to mental health. Lastly, I conduct workshops and individual and group consultation about the business side of private practice called “Creating Success: A Step-by-Step Guide to Establishing and Thriving in a Successful Private Practice.”
I received my Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from The University of Georgia, my Master’s degree from Howard University, and my Bachelor’s degree from The University of Florida. I completed my internship training at the Medical College of Georgia and the VA Hospital in Augusta, with specialized inpatient and outpatient training in the Eating Disorders, Family Therapy, and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Programs as well as the HIV/AIDS Clinic. My post-doctoral fellowship training was completed at the Atlanta Center for Eating Disorders. I have been in private practice in the Atlanta area since 2003.
Some people may find therapy to be uncomfortable. But, keep in mind that short-term discomfort can lead to long-term benefits. Plus, I believe everyone can benefit from a bit of therapy in their lives. Don’t you? I hope I can help you take this step towards being healthier and happier. You deserve it! Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. I look forward to talking with you.
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