Welcome to my website! You are likely here to learn more 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 30 years of experience with children and families. My specialty areas are for children and youth from 3 - 19, 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. With older children and adolescents I incorporate 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 a mental health 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 25 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.
I also enjoy supervising, presenting and training. I have information regarding my trainings as well as supervision opportunities on separate pages on this website. I'm also teaching as part of 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 organizations:
Association for Play Therapy (since 1991, currently serve as vice-chair on the Research and CE committee and also member of the Ethics committee)
Children and Nature Network (charter member)
Health Parks Healthy Person TN (Advisory Board to represent children and mental health)
Rutherford County Coalition Against Child Abuse
Rutherford County Psychotherapy Association (Vice-President)
Social Work Association of Middle Tennessee (Board member)
Tennessee Association for Play Therapy (Co-founder and President since 1993)