Georgia is a Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor who has lived in the Baton Rouge area for most of her life. She received her undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor’s of Arts in English Literature. She then went on to have a successful sales career in the hospitality industry.
When her teenage daughter was born, she quit paid work to become a stay-at-home mom. Volunteering during this time with various entities that support women inspired Georgia to return to school to become better equipped to help others. She received her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Asbury Theological Seminary in 2023.
Georgia interned at a local drug and alcohol recovery center. There she learned a lot not only about addictions, but also about trauma and the impact of one’s family systems and early childhood experiences. She also gained insight into the unique struggles that families face when their loved ones experience addiction.
As a counselor, Georgia views herself as a co-laborer and guide for her clients. Although her practice is integrative in theoretical approaches utilized, Narrative Therapy is one of the core theories on which she relies. She believes that all people have a story that they tell themselves about their lives. This story has been created by them and important others. Often this story includes labels that have had negative effects. Examining what one believes about themselves and then focusing on what one would like to believe can be a key way of reframing struggles and focusing on strengths that one already has.
Georgia also believes that the therapeutic relationship is extremely important and therefore first and foremost strives to build rapport with the client. She works to understand the client’s goals and to take steps to achieve them.
The different roles that Georgia has had throughout her life give her the ability to empathize with many challenging life circumstances. She has experienced the corporate world and its rigorous demands. She has felt the challenges of being a stay-at-home mom. And, she has made a midlife transition to a second career. She has also healed from past trauma and overcome other personal obstacles.
Faith has been a positive influence in her own journey. Her seminary training gives her additional insight for clients that wish to incorporate faith into the therapeutic process. However, Georgia respects clients from all lifestyles and belief systems and will only address spirituality if the client wishes to do so. As with all aspects of therapy Georgia upholds the ethical belief that her job is to support the client in their beliefs and goals- not to impose her own.
Georgia is accepting clients 13 years old and above. Her areas of interest include:
· Women’s and Moms’ Concerns
· Life Transitions
· Anxiety and Mood Disorders
· Trauma Recovery
· Marital and Family System Dysfunction
· Families Struggling with Addiction
· Church Harm/Spiritual Abuse
· Gifted Adults and Teens
· LGBTQIA+ Individuals and Families
Georgia has been married for 17 years. She has a teenage daughter and son, and an adult stepdaughter and daughter in law. In her free time, she loves to read, cook, travel and spend time with her rescue dogs, Chuy and Bella.