Thanks for stopping by! I am a counselor-presenter-researcher located in the Memphis area. Currently, I am an assistant professor of psychology at Rhodes College in midtown Memphis. My therapy, research, and teaching focuses on promoting well-being among individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ), or same-sex attracted, many of whom have complicated relationships with faith and religion.
I received my PhD in counseling psychology from the University of Miami and am a licensed psychologist in Tennessee (PSY 3490). I completed a year-long internship at Brigham Young University, where I spearheaded the center’s efforts to create a more affirming environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and same-sex attracted clients for their primarily Christian students. I also completed a year-long postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University, where I was the liaison between the counseling center and various LGBTQ groups on campus. I currently have a small private practice in Memphis that focuses on helping individuals who feel some degree of conflict between their faith, gender, and/or sexuality or are looking for ways to flourish as an LGBTQ or same-sex attracted individual.
I teach several courses at Rhodes College including Introduction to Statistics, Psychological Disorders, and Advanced Research Topics in Psychology. My main teaching interests are in the areas of research methods and statistics, gender and sexuality, and approaches to counseling. I frequently give presentations to various community groups about topics such as suicide prevention, LGBTQ mental health, and how to support LGBTQ loved ones within a faith community.
I work with a team of dedicated undergraduate research assistants in Memphis to investigate ways to promote positive mental health among religious individuals who identify as LGBTQ or same-sex attracted. I have written 8 articles and book chapters and given 24 scholarly presentations on my research. Check out my CV here.
I offer individual therapy to individuals of all backgrounds and with a variety of presenting concerns. I specialize in working with individuals who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, same-sex attracted, and/or people of faith.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, and same-sex attracted individuals: people experience varying degrees of sexual attraction and aversion toward others. Some who experience some degree of attraction toward same-sex others express fears and confusion about this attraction. In my practice, I work with clients to understand their sexual attraction and to make life choices that are in accordance with their value systems. For many clients, this includes adopting a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or queer identity and seeking same-sex partners. For others, this may include consciously moving away from these identities and toward heterosexual marriage or celibacy. I do not attempt to help clients change their sexual attractions, but focus on helping clients clarify values and deepen their self-understanding.
Transgender and gender non-binary individuals: for many people, their experience of gender does not match the sex assigned to them at birth, often leading to intense feelings of isolation and frustration. I support such individuals in understanding the nature of their dysphoria, clarifying their ideal gender presentation, and achieving that presentation. I frequently write letters of support for clients wishing to medically transition to begin hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or to have top/bottom surgery. I also support individuals who experience gender dysphoria and who do not desire to socially or medically transition.
People of faith: people from a variety religious backgrounds often seek therapy to address feelings of anxiety, stress, depression, and loneliness. While these feelings are not typically related to their religious beliefs, many feel that it is important to have a therapist who understands their religious background. As a Christian counselor with significant experience counseling Christian, Catholic, Muslim, Jewish, as well as non-religious clients, I focus on understanding my clients’ religious background and conducting therapy within that system of beliefs.
I can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 901-843-3595. Feel free to call during business hours (Monday -Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm) or email anytime. Email is not an entirely secure form of communication, so please be mindful when including any confidential information.