About Me

Some of the populations that I've worked with include veterans and their families, foster parents and foster children, male adolescents involved with the juvenile justice system, female adolescents at an alternative school, and at-risk children in elementary school. When I was an approved supervisor in the state of Florida, I also supervised mental health counselor interns and marriage and family therapy interns as they worked towards obtaining their licenses.

I moved back to Louisiana in 2017, after my divorce, in order to live closer to my two youngest children and grandchildren. I took a break from doing therapy and worked for an insurance company for 3 years while I worked through my own personal issues and allowed God to assist me through the healing process. I'm now excited to return to the helping field! I truly believe our mourning can turn into joy as we face our problems and work on solutions, rather than burying the pain and hoping it will go away.


In my first life, as far as careers go, I was an accountant. I went back to school and got my master's degree in marriage and family therapy once my children were "launched" due to a passion to be able to help others to solve their problems. I've always been a good listener, and people willingly poured out their problems to me, but I wanted formal training on how to best help them. The training I received at ULM was excellent, and I'm forever grateful for the lessons I learned there. Since that time, I've continued to learn many things from the various clients I've had the opportunity to work with.

I was adopted as an infant and grew up in a very loving family. I grew up knowing I was adopted, but it was a closed adoption and my adoptive parents knew very few details. They encouraged me to search for my birth parents if I wanted to, but my limited efforts yielded no results for decades. It wasn't until last year, with the help of a "search angel," that I was able to connect with some of my birth family. That has been quite an adventure, and I would be glad to discuss with you the pros and cons of pursuing such a search if this is of interest to you.

  • Depression

  • Anxiety and Phobias

  • Relationship Difficulties

  • Life Transitions

  • Difficulties with Self-Esteem

  • Eating Issues

  • Communication

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • ​Professional/Career Issues

  • College/Graduate School Issues

  • Medical and Health Concerns

  • Stress Management

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

  • Sexual Abuse

  • Spirituality

  • Grief, Loss, or Bereavement

  • Adoption

  • Other Issues 

My Approach

I believe that people generally do the best they can with what they know. Individuals tend to get "stuck" in their problems when they see a limited range of options, feel trapped, are overwhelmed by their emotions, and end up frozen in place. Within relationships, people often develop a certain pattern of interacting with those closest to them and don't know how to break out of that pattern. It's their automatic default, and they resort to that pattern even though they recognize it isn't providing what they want from that relationship. 

I see my role as one who can look at the problem situation from a different perspective and offer possible creative alternatives that a client can take or leave as they see fit. I have found that often people find their own solutions as they are sharing their problem with me. Sometimes it only takes a few thoughtful questions from me to help an individual come to an answer to their problem. Many couples  and families have never clearly defined, to themselves or each other, what they need and desire from their relationships. Therapy is a safe place where those issues can be addressed. 


Clear, effective communication is a skill many of us don't learn in our families of origin, and the lack of this skill can cause great damage in relationships. Many couples and families are greatly helped when they learn to take responsibility for their own words and feelings and stop blaming others for them.


New Orleans

Tel: 504-323-5276

Mon - Fri: 8am - 5pm


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