I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Alabama and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). I also hold a certification as a Grief Recovery Specialist from the Grief Recovery Institute. I conducted research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Center for Translational Research on Aging and Mobility prior to pursuing my Master's of Education in Counseling from the University of Montevallo.
From 2007 through 2017 I worked in the field of addiction recovery with Bradford Health Services serving as a primary counselor, an assessment specialist with the healthcare professionals program, and as the Clinical Program Coordinator of the Extended Care Program in Warrior, Alabama.
Through my own intensive therapeutic work and spiritual study, I made a decision to embark on opening a private counseling practice and, thus, Restore Counseling Services was birthed.
Specializing in Grief, Addiction Recovery and Spirituality Issues
Grief work is my passion. Seeing people learn to live with a variety of types of losses in a healthy way is fulfilling because people learn to walk in freedom and fullness of life. There are multiple losses within life and loss is something that is unavoidable for everyone.
Addiction Recovery is possible first and foremost. I believe in the disease concept of addiction. I also believe in a community based, spiritual program for recovering individuals. Accurate evaluation of the extent of someone's substance use and what form of treatment is needed is essential in arresting further development in the disease process.
Spirituality is the core of life. We are communal in nature and learning how to connect to one's self, others, and God are issues I believe are essential to being whole and healthy. Spirituality takes many forms for people. Religion and spirituality are not the same, but can be related as religion can be a pathway for someone's spiritual connectivity and continued growth.
Anxiety and Depression
As with spirituality, relationships are the foundation of how we function within the world. Learning how to communicate effectively, have appropriate boundaries, and participate in a work/life balance are fundamental skills in relationships that many need assistance in learning and maintaining in a healthy manner.
Traumatic experiences occur throughout the life experience. Some of these are singular traumatic incidents, some are continual relational traumas, and some are vicarious in nature. Taking an in-depth look at the traumatic experiences one has had in life and how coping was and was not effectively done can be enlightening and liberating for someone.
Anxiety and Depression are highly prevalent in our society. Effective coping strategies and behavioral techniques can aid dealing with these issues in lieu of or in addition to medication management of these diagnoses.