Compassionate Support to Move Forward
Hi there, my name is Whitney. I am a Georgia-based therapist and online life coach who specializes in helping you learn and grow through challenging life experiences so that you can move past the past and into a bright new future.
Clients describe me as warm, inviting, encouraging, and approachable. I help establish a trusting and safe relationship to work through life’s more tender experiences and feelings. I am consistent, steady, and structured within sessions. A strength of mine is that I am perceptive and intuitive, recognizing deeper truths. This allows me to assist you in building a stronger self-awareness to help you through your healing journey.
I value authenticity, vulnerability, autonomy, and empowerment. If we work together, it is important that you walk away from our time feeling valued, seen, strengthened, safe, and cared for. My hope is that you gain a sense of accomplishment and freedom from our work together — moving past roadblocks to better thrive within your most important relationships, dreams, and identity.
Learn more about my therapy and coaching styles below!
I am a motivated and empowering life coach. I help you set realistic and achievable goals to overcome obstacles and achieve success in your life. I am especially skilled in assisting clients in identifying barriers that stand in the way of their dreams, assisting them in making necessary changes and adjustments to get them back on course with clarity and vision!
I specialize in helping individuals walk through life transitions, personal growth, and single parenting.
I can help you with:
- Strategic decision making
- Overcoming obstacles and feeling “stuck”
- Life transitions
- Coping with and working through change
- Identifying your values
- Self-discovery and personal growth
- Parenting coaching (especially for single parents!)
- Understanding your passions and purpose
- Relationship skills to build better relationships with others
- Rebuilding after a breakup, divorce, or other life transition
- Emotional Intelligence
- Next steps within your career
- Vision clarity
I draw upon a solution-focused approach within coaching, using assessments and goal-setting objectives to empower clients along their journey.
Healthy dating relationships are a passion of mine, and I believe they begin with self-awareness and a healthy relationship with ourselves! I delight in walking with clients to pursue their hopes for compatible, healthy, and thriving relationships within dating. I enjoy pulling from evidence-based Gottman principles when working within dating coaching, helping clients better understand how to relate to a potential romantic partner and how to better engage within their relationships once dating a significant other.
I often approach dating coaching through:
- Values assessment activities to raise self-awareness
- Tools and strategies drawn from the Gottman Method
- Literature around making a compatible and wise choice within choosing a dating partner
- Strengthening emotional intelligence and communication skills
- Setting goals around dating
- Empowering clients to feel confident in their dating decisions through developing informed discernment and clarity around desires
We will discover your relationship strengths and growth opportunities in our work together. You can enter your dating life with confidence, encouraged in your strengths, with a heightened awareness of your values and desires for dating, and with the necessary skills needed for a successful and happy romantic relationship.
I can provide therapy services in Georgia and Colorado. As a therapist, I specialize in compassionate and supportive healing. I feel passionate about helping people recover from the challenging experiences that life can often throw our way.
I utilize evidence-based forms of therapy, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and Narrative Therapy. These strengths-based approaches help you process and work through past experiences, uncover areas that you feel are holding you back, understand growth areas, and create a path forward.
As your therapist, I can assist you with anxiety, depression, grief and loss, and trauma. I specialize in helping individuals walk through life transitions, personal growth, single parenting, grief, anxiety, depression, identity development, break-up recovery, relational distress, self-awareness, growing emotional intelligence development, and moving forward from loss. I am especially experienced in working with diverse cultures and populations, having served Atlanta’s immigrant and refugee community and other minority populations for five years.
When serving in the role of a therapist, I enjoy using the following approaches in our work together:
- Reframing techniques
- Guided discovery
- Stress reduction
- Grounding techniques such as muscle relaxation, deep/rhythmic breathing, and imagery
- SMART goal setting
- Successive approximation
I often draw on a CBT framework when working with clients in a therapy setting.
In my work with young adults, I use Narrative Therapy quite frequently. This approach allows you to feel empowered to author their own stories by assigning meaning and purpose to promote healing.
When using Narrative Therapy, we might integrate the following approaches into our work together:
- Storytelling (writing a personal narrative) paired with the unique outcomes technique (changing your storyline to bring about meaning and empowerment)
- Expressive arts (movement, drawing, journaling, visualization)
- And the trauma egg exercise
In addition to our work together, I may use beneficial assessments when working through areas of healing and self-exploration.
I was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, where I still live today. I attended the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!) for my undergraduate degree, earning a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations: Human Rights and Foreign Comparative Politics. I later moved to Denver, Colorado, to pursue my master’s degree at Denver Seminary, where I graduated with an M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
I am a certified instructor for Youth Mental Health First Aid through the National Council for Behavioral Health. I teach courses on social-cultural counseling and train clinicians and laypersons to work with clients who have endured traumas.
I am especially experienced in working with diverse cultures and populations, having served Atlanta’s immigrant and refugee community and other minority populations for five years.
I have a history of working for Young Life, thoroughly enjoying working with adolescents and young adults! I think they’re so fun, dynamic, and hope-filled!
I am a newly published author, having written academic pieces on the use of cultural genograms in cross-cultural counseling and the education of new clinicians for Sage Publishing.
I enjoy spending time with my family and dog, Scout. You can find me hiking the North Georgia Mountains, cooking, camping, fly fishing, or submerged in historical fiction, my community, or abstract oil painting!
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