I love being a psychotherapist.
Working with adults, couples, families, teens, and children is immensely satisfying work. I am so blessed to have such a wonderful professional life.
Your decision in picking a therapist for yourself, or for someone you love is best approached by gathering information about the person you’re considering working with. I want you to know who I am, so that you can make the best decision possible for your needs.
I work with a very wide variety of people, helping my patients handle difficult situations, stressful problems in their lives, and their internal conflicts. I enjoy the challenges of helping people determine how to be happier, and to live more fulfilling lives. I want all my patients to be as happy as possible, and I recognize that none of us are happy ever minute of every day.
My Professional Qualifications
I’ve been a social worker, and a therapist practicing in Augusta, Georgia, since 1984.
Since 1993, I’ve held the highest level of professional license granted by the State of Georgia for social workers, the LCSW. It permits me to work independently as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, without any form of supervision or oversight. It also licenses me to supervise and teach therapists who already have masters degrees in social work as they seek a higher level of certification, and I’ve supervised a number of people who’ve gone on to have professional careers in Augusta and elsewhere.
I share an office with a psychiatrist, and can consult with him whenever I need to, but I’m fully qualified and licensed as a mental health professional to independently evaluate and treat mental illnesses.
As an undergraduate at the University of Delaware I pursued studies which led to a Bachelor in Science in Human Resources. Graduating in 1980, I already knew that I wanted to be a social worker, and a therapist, and I’d geared my studies towards that end.
Graduate work at The Ohio State University led to a Master of Social Work degree in 1984. At OSU, I was induced into Alpha Delta Mu, the National Social Work Honor Society
I love working with people of all ages, and with couples and families, but there is a special place in my heart for children, so I sought and obtained training beyond my extensive undergraduate and graduate studies.
I received my registration from the Association for Play Therapy in 1994 following graduate work at the University of South Carolina. My registration as a play therapist, RPT-S, signifies a level of training and experience qualifying me to independently treat children in a “child friendly” therapeutic setting. It also qualifies me to supervise and oversee the work of other play therapists.
I’ve been in private practice in Augusta, Georgia, since 1992.
I’ve had a wide variety of other work experiences, both before I began my private practice, and in contract positions since 1992. I’ve worked as a social worker and therapist at the Augusta Area Mental Health Center (now called Serenity), the Aiken-Barnwell Mental Health Center, Rape Crisis Sexual Assault Services, in Burke County’s Healthy Start program, and at Safe Homes of Augusta.
Volunteer and Community Work
I’ve done a great deal of volunteer work over the years, and will do a lot more because I love it.
For many years I’ve provided professional training for the counselors at the Augusta Rape Crisis Assault Services. I think the work these volunteers do with victim of sexual assault is vital to the recovery of victims. It’s important to me to make sure they are very well trained, and I’ve loved volunteering to help. I’ve volunteered in various other capacities at Rape Crisis since 1985, and will continue to do so.
I am on the Advisory Board for Rape Crisis Assault Services. I’ve served in many capacities on the board.
As a very active parent at my child’s schools I’ve been very involved in PTO, school council, fund raising, etc.
My work with the Augusta Ballet School, Dance Augusta, the Dance Augusta Guild, and, particularly as a volunteer for the Nutcracker has been satisfying, and sometimes a lot of fun.
I’m an active church member and volunteer. I’ve been a Girl Scout leader, and a cookie mom.
My Personal Life
I’ve been happily married since 1991. I have a lovely daughter, born in 1998. I also helped rear three stepsons, and am close to them. I have two grown foster daughters. I can’t believe it, but I have a bunch of grandchildren, ranging from an adult to a toddler. My family is the most important thing.
I have very close relationships with my siblings, and their children, and travel a good bit to see some of them. I grew up in Delaware, Arkansas, and New Jersey, but I’ve been here a long time, so they all think I have a southern accent. I love grits, but I know that doesn’t exactly make me a native. My husband’s family was in Atlanta before the War of Northern Aggression, so maybe I get a few points for having married well.
I am an artist, or at least I used to be. I hope to get back to it when I have time. I enjoy photography, and take a lot of pictures. I exercise regularly at the Kroc Center and elsewhere. I love to bake cakes and pies, but I don’t much like to cook. I love the mountains, and the beach.
I have a great many wonderful friends, and have kept up with good friends from 6th grade on, so I have plenty of good, old friends. Some of them are older than they used to be, like all of us.
My education and life experiences have afforded me a rich backdrop from which to understand and treat my patients. I love living in Augusta, Georgia, and being a therapist here.