Specializing in Helping Adults and Families Find Balance in the World
Since 1990, I have counseled people with mood disorders, childhood trauma, adolescent issues, midlife issues, career or health stressor, and family problems. My theoretical foundations in working with such problems are family systems, rational-emotive therapy, and transactional analysis theory. Basically, if you think too much, I help you feel, and if you feel too much, I help you think. I am not a hand-holding therapist, but I will offer you support as I challenge you to meet your own goals.
Helps a couple explore their family of origin issues, personality traits, values and communication styles before they move in or marry. For convenience, I can offer a three-session package, including some personality tests.
Addresses interpersonal problems, such as relationship or parent/child issues.
The least damaging and costly way to manage a divorce, and I can personally attest to this, having had a mediated divorce many years ago. As a qualified child custody mediator, I can help you set up a parenting plan which best meets the needs of your children and your individual circumstances.
Child Custody Evaluation
This may be voluntary or court-ordered if parents have serious differences of opinion regarding children’s needs. When evaluations require psychological testing, I partner with my husband, Dr. Alan Taylor, to render a report which includes both testing and extensive psychosocial interviews. I have extensive specialized training as a child custody evaluator through the AFCC and have participated in more than two hundred such evaluations in numerous parishes since 1998.
Since 2003, I have received specialized training through the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) as a Parenting Coordinator to help parents in high-conflict divorce learn to address their children’s needs more constructively.. I offered the first pilot program in this work in East Baton Rouge Family Court and served on the Louisiana Law Institute Committee which drafted the legislation to create this role.