"Learning to be fully present is the greatest of all human journeys. When we truly wake up, we become available for self-discovery and self-transformation. From this place, healing becomes possible." --Stephanie Swann, Ph.D., LCSW
Achieving change is a process. Therapy is a journey of exploration and healing that we will travel together.
I have been in private practice in Atlanta since 1996 working with adolescents, adults, individuals, and couples. I work largely within three paradigms: interpersonal neurobiology, mindfulness, and Buddhist psychology.
What is interpersonal neurobiology?
I assist my clients in gaining greater understanding of the mind and brain. This increased knowledge can help you reduce stress and self-criticism, and it sets the stage for a more effective path of change.
What is mindfulness?
I can help you cultivate the ability to live in the present, let go of the past, and reduce anxiety that results from an unproductive focus on the future. As you train the mind to become more focused in the present, boredom falls away and the ordinary moments of life begin to take on more vibrancy. In addition, as the mind becomes more concentrated and stable, you become less averse to the difficult moments of life. Learning these skills allows you to be more open and available to the life you are living.
Why Buddhist psychology?
Buddhist psychology is a secular practice that can help you learn to work with your mind to eliminate stress and suffering. Research shows that Eastern practices such as mindfulness and meditation have benefits for the brain. Coupled with Western psychology, these practices offer great potential for healing and growth. Mindfulness and other aspects of Buddhist psychology can enhance your life and give you peace of mind.
My areas of expertise
· Anxiety and depression
· Grief and loss
· Childhood sexual, physical, and emotional trauma
· Relationship difficulties
· Sexual orientation
· Ph.D. Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, Massachusetts
· M.S.W. University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia
· Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Instructor, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Center for Mindfulness
LCSW, State of Georgia, 1997
Current professional practice
Private psychotherapy practice
Atlanta Mindfulness Institute co-owner and instructor
CHRIS 180 clinical consultant