Welcome to my website! You are likely here to learn more about me as a therapist and what I do. So here is 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 creativity and expressive arts, including sandtray, art, and games as well as nature and play-based activities. I include parents when possible in treatment including family therapy. I began offering appointments over Zoom for telemental health due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These continue to be an option as needed. More information regarding my practice and modalities used 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.
I began a new journey in August 2021 as a full-time instructor at MTSU in the Dept. of Social Work! I began teaching part-time as an Adjunct Professor first with MTSU in January 2018 and then Lipscomb that summer in their Play Therapy Specialization for their Master's in Mental Health Counseling. I have truly enjoyed teaching the next generation of social workers and therapists. They inspire me!
I will continue my practice, just on a slightly smaller scale. I also enjoy supervising, presenting and training- and these will also continue. I have information regarding my trainings as well as supervision opportunities on separate pages on this website.
I like to network with other professionals and serve our community and am a member of the following organizations:
Association for Play Therapy (since 1991, past Chair of the Credentialing and CE committee and now continue as a committee member, as well as with the Ethics and Program committees)
Children and Nature Network (charter member)
Health Parks Healthy Person TN (Advisory group member to represent children and mental health)
Magnolia Harbor Care Farm (Board Member)
Rutherford County Coalition Against Child Abuse
Rutherford County Psychotherapy Association (President)
Social Work Association of Middle Tennessee (Board member)
Tennessee Association for Play Therapy (Co-founder and President - retiring from this position on Aug 31, 2022))
World Assoc of Sand Therapy Professionals (Co-Founder and former Board Member)