I am the owner and founder of Birmingham Therapy Services, LLC. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor- Supervisor, National Certified Counselor, and Alcohol Drug Certified Counselor. I am also a Certified EMDR Therapist and a Brainspotting Practitioner. I have a Master of Education in Counseling from Auburn University. I have professional experience working in various community agency settings and hospitals at the clinical and administrative levels.
My goal for therapy is to create a safe space for self-exploration and self-discovery. I provide understanding and empathy while utilizing a strength-based approach to help clients become more aware of themselves, and therefore experience change. I help individuals process their past experiences, current situations that trigger distress, and evaluate what is needed for a healthy future.
$150/53-60 minute individual session
I utilize Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) and Brainspotting to help clients heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. These therapies are well supported by research and are recognized as effective forms of treatment for trauma and other painful experiences. Studies show that patients can experience the benefits of therapy that once took years to make a difference. The hope is that the memories become less disabling. These therapies can also help treat trauma, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, grief, pain, phobias, and substance abuse concerns. I also make use of parts work, psychomotor, and experiential therapy for a comprehensive treatment experience.
Biomedical conditions and chronic pain can affect one's mental health. Poor physical health can lead to an increased risk of developing mental health problems. Similarly, poor mental health can negatively impact physical health, leading to an increased risk of some conditions. A clear distinction is often made between mind and body. When considering mental health and physical health, I utilize a holistic approach and treat them both as a whole. I recognize the relationship between the two in order to maximize a patient’s well-being. I utilize cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness techniques in the treatment of chronic pain issues. I have also trained at the Beck Institute.
Types of addiction include substance use disorders as well as process addictions which can include eating, exercise, sex, and shopping. Addiction is not itself the problem, but rather an attempt to solve a problem. Individuals who engage in addictive behaviors compulsively do so to avoid the pain of past emotional disturbances and to replace the absence of connection in their lives. When treating addiction, I help patients walk through their pain, learn tools for managing emotional distress, connect to a recovery community, and develop adaptive coping skills for long term sobriety. Addiction doesn't discriminate. I have the ability to interface with a range of individuals, to include first responders, healthcare, legal, and other business professionals.
Clinical supervision is a process in which provisionally licensed counselors acquire knowledge and skills for their profession by working with an experienced and licensed supervisor, providing a bridge between the classroom and the field. Supervision is necessary in the mental health field to improve client care, develop the clinical competency of the therapist, and impart and maintain ethical standards in the field.
I offer supervision sessions in both individual and group formats. Modalities used in supervision will include face-to-face case consultations, live observation, and review of recorded sessions to facilitate a comprehensive experience.
I can provide consultation hours to EMDR trained clinicians who are working towards EMDR Certification requirements. I can also provide the 10 hours of consultation that are required to complete the EMDR basic training.