Curriculum Vitae

American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, Clinical Fellow: South Carolina License: # 4034

Graduate Education

Ph.D., Family Psychology, Capella University, Minneapolis, MN: 2006.

  • Dissertation Research: Relationships of-Problem-Focused and Emotion-Focused Coping Strategies to Maternal Self-Efficacy Beliefs in Mothers of Children with Chronic Illness.
  • Clinical Internship and Supervision: American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy: Baptist Medical Center, specialization in Medical Family Therapy, Columbia, SC: 1996-1998.
  • Proposed and implemented a new program of Medical Family Therapy, with a specialty of Infertility Counseling, enhancing Women’s Place Programs at Baptist Medical Center.

Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) coursework, Georgia School of Professional Psychology, Atlanta, GA: 1998-2000.

M.Ed., Counselor Education, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC: 1996.

  • Internship: Center for Cancer Treatment and Research, Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital.
  • Provided counseling for pediatric and adult bone marrow patients and their families. Proposed and implemented a support group for outpatient bone-marrow recipients.

B.A., Political Science, Newberry College, Newberry, SC: 1980.

Post Graduate Education

University of Rochester School of Medicine: Medical Family Therapy Institute, NY: 2000.
Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research: Bala Cynwyd, PA: 2007.
Ackerman Institute for the Family: New York, NY: 1997.
Family Therapy Institute of Washington: Training with Cloe’ Madanes: Washington, DC: 1996.

Professional Organizations

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy: Clinical Fellow
South Carolina Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
American Psychological Association
Family Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association
Collaborative Family HealthCare Association

Entrepreneurial Ventures

Jake’s Journey: Atlanta, Georgia
Self published a sketchbook for children that uses stories about Jake the dog to guide children in drawing and discussing complicated feelings with parents and caregivers. Conducted family sessions with Jake’s Journey at various locations in South Carolina and Georgia. Also available on

ChildSource: Columbia, South Carolina
Founded and published for two years, a parenting newspaper in the Midlands. Provided interviews with various child professionals on topics related to parenting and child issues.

The Heart Spa: South Carolina
Created and hosted educational and interactive programs for womens’ cardiac and emotional health in South Carolina in 2010 and 2012.

Corporate Work Experience

BellSouth Corporation, Columbia, SC, Assistant Manager, Corporate Affairs.
Co-created and implemented the First Annual, A Grand Affair: An Exposition of Products and Services for Seniors in the Midlands. Designed a library of statewide economic development marketing tools and coordinated the involvement of 17 South Carolina Community Relations Teams throughout BellSouth region.

BellSouth Headquarters, Atlanta, GA, Assistant Supervisor, Corporate Affairs
Edited the BellSouth employee newsletter and BellSouth Board of Directors newsletter. Implemented the BellSouth Matching Gift program and for one year, maintained Quailty of WorkLife Teams in the region.


Hope for the Aching Heart: Columbia Notebook, Vol. IV, p. 22.
Riding the Infertility Roller Coaster: Baptist Medical Center, For Your Health, p. 4-6.
Adoption & Assisted Reproductive Technologies Offer Hope: Baptist Medical Center, For Your Health, p. 17.

Community Service

Former Board member, Palmetto Health, Center for Cancer Treatment and Research, Columbia, SC
Former Board member, American Cancer Society, New Directions Organization, Columbia, SC
Former Board member, Kidney Foundation, Columbia, SC
Former Board member, Family Resource Center, Camden, SC
Medical Reserve Corps; DHEC, SC Disaster Preparedness Volunteer Team, Columbia, SC

Additional Ongoing Clinical Training

Trauma Informed Care: Treating Mental Health Effects of Early Trauma: 2016
Life-Stages and the Therapist-Client Relationship: 2016
American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy National Conference: 2015
Treating Complex Trauma: 2015
Heart of the Matter: Polyvegal Theory, Duke University Conference: 2015
Experiential Psychotherapy and Self: 2015
Mental Health and Ethics: 2014
Positive Psychology: 2014
Pharmacology for Mental Health Providers: 2014
Avoiding Legal Pitfalls in Mental Health Practice: 2014
Personality Disorders in HealthCare: 2013
Integrated HealthCare, Collaborative Family HealthCare Conference: 2012
Healing Trajectory, Rive Oaks Psychiatric Hospital: 2012
SCAMFT – Psychomotor with Albert Pesso: 2012
Personal Disorders in Mental Health: 2012
Family Collaborative Practice: 2011
Neural Integration in Mental Health: 2011
Childhood Spectrum Disorders: 2011
Emotional Manipulation: Understanding and Helping Victims: 2010
Screening Assessment, Marital Trust, Practice with Physician, Social Neuroscience, AAMFT: 2010
Mental Health Collaboration: 2010
Immune System: Mind-Body: 2010
Regional Women’s Cardiac Conference, Methodist, LeBonheur: 2010


Sexual Abuse Prevention Training; Stewards of Children: 2009
Indicators of Child Sexual Abuse: 2009
Managing Clinical Practice, Palmetto Behavioral Health: 2009
Essential Neuroscience, Palmetto Behavioral Health: 2008
National Incident Management, SC Medical Reserve Corps, DHEC: 2008
Stress, Depression and Pain: 2008
Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment: 2007
Cleveland Clinic Heart-Brain Summit, Cleveland OH: 2006
Intergenerational Intersections, Georgia Association for Marriage and Family Therapy: 2002
Parenting Your Heart Child, Sibley Heart Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta: 2000
DSM-IV Diagnosis and Treatment: 1997
Brief Therapy Managed Care, Family Therapy Institute of Washington, DC: 1996
Advances in Medical Family Therapy, Washington, DC: 1996
Multicultural Perspectives, SC Assoc. for Marriage and Family Therapy: 1996
Creative Approaches in Family Therapy: 1996
Legal Aspects of Counseling: 1996

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