Tuesday - Saturday
I am a licensed clinical social worker practicing in the New Orleans area. I have a Bachelor's in Social Work from Loyola University and a Master's in Social Work from Tulane University. I also trained in Divorce Mediation at Loyola Law School.
One of my strengths is that I am comfortable in the presence of very strong emotions and able to be fully present with clients and their pain, yet maintain enough objectivity to be of service. My goal is to be a resource during painful times, but to also assist the client in building a foundation of coping skills in order to manage difficulty long after the therapy is over.
I encourage the practice of mindfulness and self awareness in sessions and provide the time and environment for clients to give full attention to their thoughts and feelings without judgment.
Clients have often commented that I am honest with them regarding difficult topics, help them to be honest with themselves about these topics, but do so with compassion, and, whenever possible, humor. I often tell clients that my sustaining philosophy is "It's not easy being human."
It is often said in couple counseling that the relationship is the client. While this is true, it is the individuals who will be doing the work. I am inspired by the couples who have the courage to make this journey of discovery and change. All of us have a desire for attachment and connection, intimacy and stability. My hope is to assist couples to accept their past, forgive, learn, and build a future which includes a willingness to address problems and the skills which which to do this.
The Gottmans are at the leading edge of thought in the field of couple counseling. Their methods are based on many years of research and their effectiveness is well proven. The collaboration with other therapists is challenging and energizing. Being part of a professional community which is available for consultation and support is immensely valuable.
I reserve a number of pro bono appointments for clients experiencing domestic violence.