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I am a psychotherapist in private practice in Atlanta, GA. I have been teaching mindfulness and emotion regulation skills for over 10 years in therapy, and in groups and workshops. After getting my BA at Emory and my MSW at the University of Georgia, I started my therapy career at Ridgeview Institute working on the women's program. I worked at Ridgeview for 8 years and in 2013, I left my role as the Clinical Coordinator of the program to focus on my private practice full time.
In private practice, I provide psychotherapy for individuals and groups with a specialization in women's issues, eating disorders, anxiety, and depression. I am intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and lead weekly DBT groups. I have been involved in the Atlanta chapter of the International Association of Eating Disorders (iaedp) since its formation in 2014 and I am currently the president.
I founded the Atlanta Center for Self-Compassion because I believe so strongly in the profound transformative power of the MSC program. All of us struggle with an inner critic that nags us about the ways we are falling short. Our brain is even evolutionarily designed to pay close attention to these negative thoughts. Mindful self-compassion is the first step in emotional healing: being able to befriend oneself. Using MSC skills, I have been able to acknowledge difficult thoughts and feelings with a spirit of openness, curiosity and love, rather than self-judgment, or self-criticism.