Mediator & Psychologist
I am a clinical psychologist who has been in private practice since 2010. I have over 13 years of experience providing couples therapy, and working with both couples and individuals in the area of conflict resolution.
I became interested in providing mediation services as I saw it as a way of helping others to get through conflict ridden periods of their lives in the least painful way possible.
Having been through the process of divorce myself, I was interested in helping others who are going through this difficult transition. Specifically, I believed that I could use my psychological knowledge to provide services that would emotionally benefit both individuals and their children during the divorce process.
I serve clients from all over Atlanta, including Lilburn, Norcross, Lawrenceville, Johns Creek, Duluth, Tucker, Chamblee, Brookhaven, and the greater Atlanta area.
Benefits of Using a Mental Health Professional as a Mediator
You have many choices to make when looking for a mediator. One of them is the type of professional that you want to mediate your case. Mediators can be attorneys, former judges, business or financial professionals, or mental health professionals. These professionals often bring many advantages to the table, including their knowledge of the law or their financial backgrounds which can help assist in asset division and financial planning.
As a psychologist, I bring some unique perspectives and advantages into the mediation room. Divorce is a highly emotional process, and I can assure you that your emotions will not be ignored or invalidated during the mediation process. Since other professionals are not necessarily used to dealing with highly emotional situations, they may have a tendency to want to “shut down” any expressions of emotion during mediation, which can feel very invalidating.
I also have specialized knowledge regarding the psychological impact of divorce on children at different developmental stages. I can use this knowledge to help parents develop psychologically informed parenting plans that are going to be the most emotionally healthy plans possible for their children.
Finally, as a psychologist who has been providing individual and couples therapy for over 13 years, I have seen a lot, and there is not much that can surprise me anymore. This often helps people to not feel as embarrassed or ashamed when they need to share private, often embarrassing information which does have a tendency to come up during a divorce mediation.