I also know we can sometimes get into complex problems both inside and outside of ourselves. We all need guidance from time to time so we can discover our strength and resolve these issues.
It’s truly my life’s purpose to help others overcome the challenges getting in the way of a healthy, happy life. Getting help from a professional can be transformational.
I didn’t always believe that.
In my teens, I was a reluctant participant in counseling. I feared that something was wrong with me, and being sent to counseling only confirmed my suspicion that something was really wrong. Prior to my first session, I was convinced that counseling would be cheesy, forced, and could never help me out of what seemed like a hopeless situation.
I was extremely hesitant to talk about my feelings, which were both overwhelming and confusing. I seriously doubted that some stranger would be able to help me, especially when I felt too uncomfortable to talk to the people closest to me.
After the first session, I experienced a huge change of heart. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that my counselor was not at all like what I feared she would be. I decided to take advantage of the opportunity to talk to a professional who was completely objective, someone outside of my life at school and home. Over time, I was able to sort out the tangled web of my teenage emotions and gained enough clarity to take back control of my life.
My friendships grew, my relationship to my family deepened, and I felt like I was truly myself for the first time.
I was fortunate. This early experience of counseling transformed me in so many ways when I needed it most. However, the biggest doorway it opened and the one I’m most grateful for is how it’s led me to my life’s mission – to help others by being a counselor.
I am a lifelong New Orleanian with experience in school and clinical settings with children, adolescents, and adults. I attended Louisiana State University, where I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. I earned a Master of Education degree in Counselor Education from the University of New Orleans, where I specialized in School Counseling.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Louisiana and am also certified by the National Board for Certified Counselors. I worked as a school counselor at the elementary and middle levels at both charter and parochial schools and have experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in a clinical setting as well. I am a member of both the Louisiana Counseling Association and the American Counseling Association.