Hi, I'm Kayce. Nice to meet you.
I have always been a patient and interested listener. Often criticized as a child for being "too quiet," instructed to "smile more," and asked, "why the worried look?," I kept my chin up, trying very hard to stay determined in my hope that these personality traits might actually be useful. Turns out, being comfortable with silence, thinking carefully before speaking, listening closely, and being empathic all come in pretty handy in the helping profession. Unfortunately, for much of my life, I’ve felt like an outsider because my choices and tendencies don’t match up with those of the other women around me (not marrying until age 35, not wanting to climb any corporate ladder of any size or shape, not knowing if I wanted to have kids and then deciding to have “just” one at 37, being honest about not loving motherhood, saying “no, thank you” to religion, and so on . . .).
Let’s Get Personal
Throughout my career, I've focused on helping people with a variety of issues, including loss, life transitions, and stress management. After I had my son in 2012, however, everything changed when I struggled through a very dark experience of postpartum depression and anxiety. Thankfully, I was able to climb out of the isolation with the help of my own therapist, and once I was healthy again, I found a new passion in supporting women through their pregnancy and beyond, specifically women who aren’t feeling enamored with this being a mom thing.
Education, Training, & Approach
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor with a Master of Education in Counseling from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. I’ve received special training in perinatal mental health through PSI (Postpartum Support International), and I am a proud supporter of the Secular Therapy Project. I’ll never tell you to have faith, pray about your emotional pain, consult a magical book of scripture, or go to church. Of course, if you believe in those things and find such practices helpful, I won’t discourage you or try to change your mind, but as a humanist, what I will do is listen, encourage self-care, and collaborate with you to implement strengths-based and feedback-informed treatment strategies, which may include cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness exercises. You can have a positive, healthy, abundant mindset without any woo.
If all of this sounds like it aligns with what you’re seeking in a therapist, click below to send me a message or schedule a consultation call.