204 College Road
I will start off by saying I am happy you have decided to look at our website and I hope you find this information helpful. Counseling has, in the past, acquired a negative stigma which causes many who toy with the idea of therapy or counseling to have concerns. Some concerns may be, "If I go to a therapist, does that mean I'm crazy, weak or a failure?" and "What will others think?" In result, many choose not to pursue therapy despite the significant distress he/she may be experiencing. To clarify, most people who come to counseling do not suffer from a severe mental illness. Many come to counseling because they are going through a difficult life change or transition, those that almost all of us experience, and need extra support or help coping. Some examples of reasons to come to therapy may be stress, relationship conflict, financial issues, depressive symptoms, anxiety, substance abuse, trouble adjusting, loss...etc.
My title at Hampden-Sydney College is "College Counselor." I am privileged to work with students, faculty, and staff on various issues. Being from the Farmville area, I attended Longwood University for undergrad, majoring in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice. I continued my education at Lynchburg College and attained a Master of Education degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. My program was accredited by CACREP and met the license requirements to become a professional counselor. I am currently in the "supervised residency" stage before taking the board exam. I have experience working with college students through my graduate practicum and internship at Longwood University in the Counseling Center and many years of experience working in the psychology field, in general. Even though the main theoretical approaches I utilize are cognitive-behavioral and solution-focused, I also utilize techniques from other theories like developmental and interpersonal.
Outside of the counseling field, I have a wonderful husband (Robert) who works as a District Sales Manager for Monsanto. We have two labs (Cash and Lena) that we love dearly. Among many things, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, gardening, canning and freezing, exercising, shopping, and reading. I look forward to meeting you, feel free to stop by!