I am a Licensed Psychologist who specializes in helping women. Twelve years of clinical work specializing in treating women with eating disorders and anxiety has led me to a particular interest in reproductive psychology. This includes, but is not limited to, infertility, perinatal mood disorders, child loss, parenting adjustment, and issues related to menopause. I am passionate about helping women learn to understand their needs, their biology, and their temperament so that they can take care of themselves and find new, effective ways of coping. I also know that as humans we are hardwired for connection. Our relationships can be the foundation of support during difficult times or can be the catalyst for distress. I believe that a part of feeling better is feeling supported. Helping you understand how to get your needs met in relationships, end relationships that are not working for you, and helping you find relationships that build you up are often a very important part of feeling better.
On a personal note, I am a native of Gainesville, Georgia. After training and working in Atlanta for 10 years, I returned to Gainesville to be closer to my family. I really enjoy my work and afterwards, spending time with my family, friends, and dogs. We all enjoy spending time in the mountains, or near any body of water. I am also a board member for Gateway Domestic Violence Center, helping protect women and children from domestic violence.
I believe in women feeling supported. I believe that knowledge is power. There are after many factors (biology + life circumstance) that impact how we feel. Gaining understanding and feeling connected and supported by others in this process promote healing.
As your therapist I see my role as a supporter, researcher, and teacher. Together we can discover the factors that you can control and those you may not be able to control so that we can help find the best route to healing. I integrate cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavioral strategies, and interpersonal psychotherapy, focused on creating understanding and increasing strategies for coping.
Meet Nala. Nala is a 4 year old English Lab. She is kind and gentle and loves meeting all of my clients at the office. She will be the first to greet you and walk you out after your session. While I am a “dog person,” I understand that some people are not. If you are not comfortable with dogs, please let me know and she can stay in an alternate space during your appointment time.
Post-doctoral Fellowship – 2011
Midtown Psychotherapy Associates
Doctorate Clinical Psychology – 2010
APA Internship – 2010
Montana State University
Warm Springs State Psychiatric Hospital
Bachelor of Arts, Marketing – 2003
University of Georgia
DBT Intensive – 2013
Shari Manning PhD and Kate Comtois PhD, MPH
Treatment Implementation Collaborative
Clinical Supervision with Diane Sanford, PhD – 2015
Perinatal and Postpartum Mental Health
Perinatal Mental Health Certified – 2019