Deanna began working in the field of Behavioral Health in 1998 following graduation from the University of Georgia with a BA in Psychology. While living and working in Vermont, she went on to complete her MA degree in Psychology and Counseling in 2003. In 2006, after returning to her home state of Georgia, Deanna obtained licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).
Over the last 20+ years Deanna has worked in community mental health centers, private agencies, and private practice arenas. She has assisted individuals in improving their lives when dealing with issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, schizophrenia, bi-polar, dissociation, personality disorders, alcohol and substance use, spiritual issues, grief/loss, aging, parenting, and relationships. Deanna has also been a manager and provided supervision and consultation to interns and colleagues.
Deanna has also studied and learned many approaches to counseling. She finds that an integration of techniques specific to each individual is most beneficial. While her theoretical orientation is predominantly psychodynamic, she follows current research and continues learning from a variety of approaches. She completed a 5-year program in Core Energetics body psychotherapy becoming certified as a Certified Core Energetics Practitioner. Past trainings have also encompassed mindfulness-based interventions, attachment-oriented theory, CBT, DBT, and exposure therapy. With the birth of her twin boys in 2013, Deanna also began researching topics in twin parenting and twin psychological development such as attachment and individual identity issues.
Deanna's experience has taught her that the human mind, body, and spirit are intimately connected and infinitely complex, with so much that we have yet to understand. From that knowledge, her approach is one of open-minded curiosity, as well as respect and compassion.
License and Certification
LPC - Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia
CCEP - Certified Core Energetics Practitioner
Clinical Member - United States Association for Body Psychotherapy (usabp.org)