So what's with all this alphabet soup? MS, NCC, LPC, CSPS, CGS huh? All of this speaks to my training and certifications. My profession demands standards to insure that each individual gets the specialized care he, she, or they need. MS indicates the type of degree I have - a Master's of Science in Community Counseling. I received My National Certification as a Counselor (NCC) in 1998, which means I am board certified. I obtained my License as a Professional Counselor by the state of Georgia (LPC) in 2003. I became a Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor, CPCS, in 2014. And the last acronym refers to the training I received in April 2018 to be a Certified Grief Specialist (CGS), a subject I find demanding more time & attention as our culture's way of addressing grief tends to minimalize the process.
I have a varied career that has seen me start out creative, transition to the technical, then switch to the interpersonal. I graduated with a Bachelor’s of Fine Art (BFA) degree in 1981 from the University of Montevallo, Alabama, and then received another Bachelors of Science (BS) degree in Computer & Information Technology in 1986 from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The latter led to mainly computer hardware jobs with what was then BellSouth (now AT&T) where I worked for 11 years. Via a long series of events, I ended up doing a dual graduate degree program with Georgia State University (MS) & what is now Richmont Graduate University (Diploma), majoring in the Community & Christian Counseling fields, respectively, completing my studies in 1998. I was licensed as an LPC by the Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers, & Marriage & Family Therapists State Board in 2003. One of the advantages of a multi-disciplined work history is that I am able to relate to folks on many levels in counseling & LPC Supervision.
After I became licensed as an LPC therapist, I began doing clinical supervision in 2003 with graduate students, which really ignited my enthusiasm for teaching. I went through the ethical practices, education, training, and passed the Licensed Professional Counselor Association of Georga Registry Supervisor stringent requirements for Certified Professional Counselors Supervisor, CPCS, in January 2014. I have enjoyed working with clinicians on their way to licensure -insuring that all the i's are dotted and t's are crossed with the paperwork part of the process.