Allow me to tell you a little about myself.
The photo above was taken in 2017 when Sophie, my beloved Standard Poodle, was certified as a Therapy Dog through Humane Hearts Pet Therapy Program, here in Cumming, GA. Sadly, on March 26, 2018, when her seizure disorder suddenly worsened, I made the very tough decision to let her go, and she went to dog heaven. She was one-of-a kind; known and loved by all as the "calmest dog on the planet". She was my co-therapist and I will miss her very much.
Here's a little information about how I started my career. As a Health and Fitness Specialist for one of the first Corporate Wellness Programs in the nation., I enjoyed my role immensely, yet I often felt drawn to the mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of growth and lifestyle change. This led me to seek a Master’s Degree in Counseling, with a minor in Employee Assistance Programs (EAP). My traditional graduate studies provided me with a strong foundation to build upon as I began working with clients, first in hospital EAPs and later in private practice. I have been in private practice for nearly twenty-five years.
In my post-graduate studies, I have had the opportunity to learn from many gifted teachers. In the early nineties, I was introduced to Hypnosis as a therapeutic tool and found that it shortened the length of time needed for change and growth. In a three-year training program with The Gestalt Institute of Georgia, I studied Gestalt psychotherapy, which relies upon the importance of present-moment awareness, attunement to the body and the breath, and provides a way of being authentic, among other things. My clients are relieved to find that in the Gestalt approach there are no “shoulds" which helps them learn to accept and value themselves. The Gestalt view that people are endlessly remaking or discovering themselves is a basic belief that I hold in my own life. As a body-oriented psychotherapist, I rely upon my ability to attune to my clients' somatic (bodily) experiences, including their breathing patterns. This ability to attune and be present has been strengthened by a two-year training program in Integral Breath Therapy, (integrationconcepts.net), a two-year internship program at The Wellness Institute (wellness-institute.org), as well as regularly practicing mindfulness.
In recent years, I have focused on evidence-based therapy modalities that can significantly reduce unpleasant over-reactivity or other symptoms related to unresolved trauma and/or grief, anxiety states, depression, phobias and relational distress. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing) and Progressive Counting are two such methods that my clients have described as “life-changing.”
I believe in the therapy process.
I have experienced my own challenges, losses, betrayals, feelings of overwhelm, and despair. At these times, being in relationship with a trusted therapist has been invaluable to me. In your therapy relationship with me, I will not ask you to do anything that I haven’t experienced myself as a client.
All of us are wounded and it is through relationships that we heal. I recognize that I am not the Healer, merely a facilitator of healing.
I look forward to being in a therapeutic relationship with you where you are free to be yourself. Where you can experience a comfortable place; one that is just right for you in which to do your own healing.
B.S. in Elementary Education--University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
M.S. in Community Counseling--Georgia State University
* Licensed as a Professional Counselor in 1994, Georgia LPC #001953
* Nationally Certified as a Clinical Hypnotherapist in 1994,
National Board for Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists (NBCCH)
* Completed Basic EMDR Training Parts 1 and 2 in 2013; Certification pending
* Licensed Professional Counselor's Association (LPCA of Georgia)
* National Board for Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists (NBCCH)
* American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH)
Cheryl is married and the mother of an adopted teenaged daughter. She has a special interest in working with adolescents in the area of body image and self-esteem, and has volunteered her time in an equine therapy program for children with special needs, as well as Girls On The Run, a self-esteem and running program for girls in 3rd - 8th grade. In her leisure time she enjoys reading, kayaking, working out at the gym, yoga, hiking, mountain biking, and spending time with her family, brand new Golden Doodle puppy "Loki", cats "Fiona" and "Nigel", rabbits "Sage" and "Bogo" and stopping to listen to the birds whenever she can.