Education and Training

In 2005, I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work (BSW) from Austin Peay State University. In 2007, I went on to earn a Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling (MA) from Argosy University. I completed my undergraduate internship (400 hours) at Cumberland Heights Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center (CH) working with their adolescent program as well as their adolescent family program. As a graduate student, I completed an additional 700 hours as an intern working at CH with their adolescent program.

As required for licensure in the State of Tennessee, I took (and passed) the following exams: National Counselor Exam, National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Exam, and the Jurisprudence Exam. Additionally, I had to work under supervision for a minimum of 2 years. During that time, I had to acquire 3,000 practice hours as well as 150 individual supervision hours.

Professional Memberships

  • American Counseling Association
  • National Association of Professional Women
  • International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation
  • American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress

Additional Seminars / Workshops / Training

  • ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorders, Clinical Issues and Effective Behavior Management. Juvenile Probation & Justice Management Conference, May 2004
  • Mixing Legal & Street Drugs, A Cocktail for Disaster. Juvenile Probation & Justice Management Conference, May 2004
  • Understanding and Defusing Explosive Kids. Juvenile Probation & Justice Management Conference, May 2004
  • The Nuts and Bolts of Trauma Treatment, Judy Crane, November 2007
  • Assessing and Treating Sex Addiction, Dr. Peter Smeele, September 200
  • Spirituality in Addiction, Dr. John Ishee, August 2007
  • Experiential Techniques as Applied to the Treatment of Addictions, Deb Leinart, October 2007
  • Family Matters: Transforming Families from Addiction to Healing, Claudia Black, PhD, MSW, September 2007
  • Resolving Chronic Misbehavior at School and Home, John Taylor, PhD, March 2008
  • Getting It Together: The Art of Psychodrama, Jeanne Burger, Ed.D., LPC, LMFT, May 2008
  • 12 Steps to Psychodrama and Recovery, Jeanne Burger, Ed.D., LPC, LMFT, August 2008
  • The use of Psychodrama in Achieving Emotional Sobriety, Tian Dayton, PhD, TEP, September 2008
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Dr. Robert Murray, December 2008
  • Treating Nicotine Addiction, Dr. Joseph Cruse, October 2009
  • Effective Therapy: A Major Force in Enhancing Moral Intelligence, John Bradshaw, MA, April 2009
  • Recovering from Destructive Sexual Behaviors, Lisa Beavers, Ph.D., LPC/MHSP, November 2009
  • Addiction and Recovery from a Gestalt Perspective, Carleen Britton, LCSW, July 2009
  • Brainspotting, Corena Harris, LCSW, June 2009
  • Ethics in Recovery, Linda Hazel, Ph.D., LMFT, November 2009
  • Relapse Prevention Therapy (for Advanced Certification), Terrance Gorski and Dr. Stephen Grinstead, December 2009
  • Using the DSM-5 for Revolutionizing Diagnosis and Treatment, Susan Lewis, Ph.D., J.D., October 2013
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)-Skills Training, Connie Callahan, Ph.D., August 2013
  • Advanced Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Connie Callahan, Ph.D., August 2013
  • Non-Medication Treatments for ADHD, Stephanie A. Sarkis, Ph.D.,NCC, LMHC, December 2013
  • Real-World DBT: Adapting Dialectical Behavior Therapy to Fit Your Practice, Dr. Mark Carlson, April 2015
  • Personality Disorders, The Challenges of the Hidden Agenda, Sharon Freeman Clevenger, MSN, MA, PMHCNS-BC, May 2015
  • Motivational Interviewing, July 2015
  • Tennessee Ethical Principals in the Practice of Tennessee Mental Health, August 2015
  • EMDRIA Approved Level 1 EMDR Therapy, May and June 2016
  • Level 1 Clinical Training, Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Dr. John Gottman, February 2017