Welcome to my website! You are likely here to become more informed about me as a therapist and what I do. So here's a summary...
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor with more than 28 years experience with children and families. My specialty areas are for children and youth from 3 - 18, although at times I will see younger children (screening is necessary for two year olds) or through college age.
For children under 10 years of age, I most often use play therapy and include other modalities as needed, especially with older children and adolescents using creative arts, expressive and activity therapies and modalities including sand tray, art, and games as well as nature and play-based activities. I include parents when possible in treatment including family therapy. More information regarding my practice and modalities can be found on the second page.
After working with The Guidance Center for over 27 years, first in Murfreesboro and then later in Smyrna, I transitioned to private practice beginning in late 2016 and was full-time beginning January 2017. I was able to join a small group of independent therapists I had previously worked with, all of whom I have known for over 20 years. Since they mainly counsel older adolescents and adults, I have been able to bring in the younger child and family therapy specialties. We are often able to refer to each other when needed, which works great so that many of my parents who want to see a therapist can do so at the same location.
In also enjoy supervising, presenting and training. I have information regarding my trainings as well as supervision opportunities on separate pages on this website. My newest venture is with teaching as I'm now adjunct faculty with both MTSU and Lipscomb University!
In addition I like to network with other professionals and serve our community. I am a member of the following professional organizations:
Association for Play Therapy (since 1991, serve on the Research and CE committee)
Children and Nature Network (charter member)
Nashville Area Association of Christian Counselors
Rutherford County Coalition Against Child Abuse
Rutherford County Psychotherapy Association (Board Member/Treasurer)
Social Work Association of Middle Tennessee (Board member)
Tennessee Association for Play Therapy (Co-founder and President since 1993)
On a Personal Note...
I was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee where for most of my childhood we lived on a small farm before moving to Russellville, Kentucky. Even though I returned to Nashville to attend Lipscomb University and stayed in Tennessee thereafter, Russellville remained my hometown as that's where my mom lived and a piece of my heart stayed. (Which I why I say I'm a Tennessee girl with a Kentucky hometown!)
Having always been a social person, I enjoy having friends and doing things with them- Girl's Day Outs with my female friends are important! I get pretty passionate about sports events with "my teams" involved, so it's not unusual to hear me shout for my Bisons (the "Battle of the Boulevard" in basketball is epic) or Vols in sports events- esp SEC football! On a quieter side I do love to read, play games, and just be out in nature. I especially enjoy the beautiful Smoky Mountains or just about any beach. I truly hope to someday live at least part of the year at the beach...
I've been married almost 29 years to my former childhood sweetheart! We have been blessed with two sons and have enjoyed doing things together as a family - from game nights to scouts, and especially going on vacations! That's when we can get away, relax and do some really fun things together - though it can get a little harder to get together now that they are both young adults pursuing their own dreams- which means I treasure our times together even more. I have absolutley loved being their mom sharing the parenting adventure with their dad by my side. I can't wait to see what God has in store for our boys and family in the future.
I have also been blessed by a really great mom whom I have shared so much with! She taught me to enjoy life and be thankful for our blessings from God. Her acts of service both in and out of our church were a great example as I was growing up. She always loved working with children and has been a fantastic grandmother as well. When people tell me I remind them of my mom- I take that as the highest compliment!
Finally, my story is not complete without sharing how my faith is the foundation of who I am and what I do. I will always be thankful to my Heavenly Father and his Son for my earthly blessings of faith, family, friends and career. I often take comfort in the following scripture: