As I said earlier, I have been in private practice as a psychotherapist for the past 30 years.  But I didn’t just arrive there.  The road to this began way back in 1971 when I graduated from West Virginia University with my Masters Degree in Social Work (MSW) and ready to change the world.  My first job was as Area Team Social Worker in Harlan County Kentucky at the Mental Health Center. Talk about a place to begin, making home visits which required walking across swinging bridges and being chased by turkeys.  Next job, home to Ludington Michigan to serve as Director of Life Consultation Services for clients with developmental disabilities. I learned a lot about behavior modification and  event planning to enrich the lives of adults with developmental disabilities.  Then a chance visit to an old friend, lead me to the campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, TN where I was hired and worked as Associate Professor of Behavioral Science for 10 years.

While teaching, I trained at Southeast Institute for Gestalt and Family Therapy in Chapel Hill, NC and became a Certified Transactional Analyst. This positioned me very well for entering the psychotherapeutic phase of my career.  I had had outpatient mental health and mental retardation experience, I had academic experience and I had the training in a very powerful therapeutic modality (Transactional Analysis) so I felt like I had some real skills to offer clients who were ready to make changes in their lives.  I began in Beaufort, SC where I worked with many Marines and their families and learned a lot about the special issues pertaining to military personnel and families.  I also inherited a small case load of sex offenders.  After that trial by fire, I seldom felt like I wouldn’t be able to be of some help to anyone who decided to become my client.

When I moved to Charleston, SC , in addition to beginning to add clients to my private practice, I also worked at Hospice of Charleston and got a lot of experience in terminal illness and grief and loss.  Now I have a full case load with a good variety of individuals, couples and a few families. I Plan to retire towards the end of 2017.