Each person’s life path is indeed a journey! This journey encompasses an array of experiences. There are times in our lives that difficulties arise and unexpected life changes can leave us with feelings of hurt, stress, grief, anxiety, depression, anger, and more. Counseling is a powerful tool that can help us understand, cope, and move forward in ways that are productive, purposeful, and meaningful. Seeking counsel is a brave and powerful choice. It brings great comfort knowing that you are absolutely welcomed into the process of counseling and that you do not have to walk through your experiences alone. I have a great desire to help you understand, cope, and productively move through struggles while finding resolution and hope along the way.
My counseling philosophy rests on the principle that each individual and relationship is unique. We each have our own life experiences, backgrounds, and belief systems. As a counselor, I understand an effective therapeutic relationship is based upon respect and trust. I work collaboratively with each client to develop goals and plans that are attainable, productive, and worthwhile for the client. As a client, you are provided opportunities to remove obstacles while incorporating healthy thoughts and behaviors that support balance and freedom within your life. I counsel using a variety of evidence-based psychotherapy techniques and interventions including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT). When requested, I provide counseling from a biblical perspective.
I hold a Bachelor of Science in Education, a Master of Education in Early Childhood, and a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling. As an educator for 32 years, I have taught students from kindergarten to those navigating through the challenges of college. I have worked extensively with students, their families, school educators, administrators, and school counselors to help foster positive and productive educational experiences.
In addition to counseling children and adolescents, I work with adults, families, and couples. I have experience in the areas of anxiety, depression, trauma, relationships, co-parenting, anger, grief, co-dependency, and life transitions – including that of caring for elders and those navigating through health challenges themselves and or alongside others. My professional training includes the areas of abuse, parent-child/therapist collaboration, play therapy, sand tray therapy, school relationships and behaviors, and Gottman Method Couples Therapy.
I have been blessed in a marriage of 30 years and have two young adult daughters. Our family has been positively touched by counseling. We found great comfort as we walked aside a caring, quality, and Christ-filled counselor where we experienced genuine, non-judgmental support, guidance, encouragement, and hope. What a joy it has been to live out both big and small victories! As a counselor myself, I have a heart for helping and a desire to foster hope in those struggling through life situations. I am truly amazed at how change and healing is not only possible…it can be productive, powerful, and remarkable!
Everyone was amazed and gave praise to God. They were filled with awe and said –
We have seen remarkable things today- Luke 5:26