ABOUT BOLD CROSSINGS COUNSELING AND CONSULTING
I am “Inspired to help you make the Bold Crossings in life”
A bold crossing is a term utilized in my church, 12 Stone to describe making a change or decision to follow Jesus in your life. The first bold crossing is salvation, but God has given us a life full of bold crossings to make as we follow Him through this world.
Every day we face decisions which will keep us stuck in our familiar lives or will free us to experience the abundant life God has for us. Though it may sound like such decisions are easy, in reality a lot of them are not. They require new information, understanding, inspiration, and skills to make the journey.
No matter what bold crossing you are facing, whether it is:
- Choosing recovery from an eating disorder
- Choosing to no longer be a prisoner to stress, anxiety, and depression
- Choosing to overcome trauma in your past
- Choosing to save your marriage
- Choosing to save your children through parenting
- Choosing to change career paths
- Choosing to be healthy and fit
I can help you take the next steps. Decisions can be made; strategies can be learned, and skills can be employed to help you on your journey. Together we can make the bold crossings into the better and abundant life God has for you.
ABOUT MY PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
MY TRAINING & EXPERIENCE
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and I have over 10 years’ experience in clinical work. I am also a Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor (CPCS) and am qualified to provide supervision to licensure eligible clinicians in Georgia. I received my Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University in 2004. I completed my practicum at the Atlanta Center for Eating Disorders. After earning my degree, I worked at Pathways Transition Programs as an in- home counselor and a clinical supervisor from 2004 thru 2015. I also worked at Manna Treatment and Counseling from 2006- 2008. In September of 2015, I opened an independent practice, Bold Crossings Counseling and Consulting, while in affiliation with Greater Life Counseling.
My past work experience includes assessment and counseling for an assortment of issues and disorders (eating disorders, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, trauma disorders, attachment disorders, self-harming behaviors, family conflict, academic issues, delinquency), crisis management and stabilization services, and clinical supervision. Specifically, I have worked with children, adolescents, and adults who have experienced various forms of abuse, neglect, out of home placement, and other trauma. In addition, I have experience working with clients struggling with anorexia and bulimia. I have provided counseling in private practice settings and in home settings.
MY CLIENT FOCUS
Counseling: Adults; Adolescents/Teenagers (14-19); Preteens/Tweens (11-13)
Supervision: Licensure Eligible Clinicians
Consultation: Fully Licensed Clinicians seeking consultation; Partners in the community seeking consultation for children at risk for removal from community
MY APPROACH TO COUNSELING
In my experience, counseling works best when it is understood as a partnership between clients and their counselors. Both are ACTIVE participants and work together for the partnership to be EFFECTIVE. EFFECTIVENESS is measured by the ability of clients and counselors to reach their treatment goals. During our time together, I will use my knowledge and experience to help bring an understanding of how people grow and develop over time and how difficult life experiences change the way people think, feel, cope, and behave. I will use education to open up the possibilities for change and introduce tools and strategies to help you cope with feelings and thoughts that influence behaviors.
My approach to counseling is collaborative and practical. I assess clinical needs by utilizing the following perspectives to inform my work: developmental, family systems, trauma experience, and spiritual development. I am eclectic in my use of specific interventions and incorporate different techniques to assist clients in developing new skills and understanding (Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Solutions Focused, Psycho-Education, Biblical Counseling, Feed-back Informed, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy). I am also familiar with ACES, Adverse Childhood Experiences Study and use this to inform my work. I am certified to administer the CANS- Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths, which can be helpful in outlining treatment needs for children and adolescents