I am a mother, wife, friend, reader, nature lover, and lover of sports. I am a believer in Christ. I am imperfect, and a good listener.
I believe that we are all broken and fallible, which helps us connect deeper with one another. I believe that taking time to love others helps me be a better person. I believe connecting with people is vital to true happiness and I believe we have to be creative sometimes in the way we do so.
I believe children are very bright and honest and real, which is what I love about working with them. I believe they just want to be heard. As a child and adolescent therapist, I believe it’s not always about talking, but listening in the way they act and play.
I’m working on horseback riding so that I can pursue equine assisted therapy. I’m working on boundaries with my children as they grow and their needs change. I’m working on being more vulnerable in relationships and accepting my imperfections.
I love being a therapist. I have the opportunity to work alongside children and teens and their families to encourage healthy interactions. I love helping each person to have self-awareness, connected relationships and healthy self esteem. I get excited helping children and teens navigate their own personal journey to wholeness by developing coping skills, self-awareness, vulnerability, self-acceptance, improved relationships and healthy communication.
a daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. The most important thing to me is my relationships with my family and friends. I am someone who highly values loyalty and deep connections with people. I love finding humor in unexpected places and having fun in any situation. I am someone who lives my life with a passion for learning new things and sharing new ideas and creativity with others. I am a competitive person who loves a challenge. I grew up playing sports and love staying active.
I am a conqueror of school with ADD and Dyslexia. I labeled myself one of the biggest haters of school but made it through with help and support of those around me. I am someone who has struggled with depression and anxiety and know how daunting and scary dealing with those issues can be.
being authentically known and truly seen is one of the most healing and growing experiences people can have with one another. I believe that redemption, forgiveness and healing is available for all. I believe counseling is about building a trusted relationship in order to create a safe and non-judgmental environment that encourages growth at each individual’s pace.
I am a Christian and my faith is a huge part of who I am. I am constantly growing and learning in my relationship with Jesus. The more I learn about who He is, the more humbled I am by His grace and love for me. Paul say’s it best in Philippians when he says,
“But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 3:7-14)
being okay with the process. I am someone who expects myself to fix things right away. I struggle with being patient with myself when confronting things I need to work on. I expect myself to be able to change my weaknesses and struggles as soon as I name them. I am working on extending myself the same grace I extend to my clients by being patient with my own process and loving myself through the mess.
I have a deep love and respect for adolescents and teenagers. I believe they each possess a significant, deep and passionate view of the world around them. This is a time of life when there is a strong desire for independence yet also a crucial need for a strong and consistent support system. I genuinely enjoy the time I get to spend with them, building a relationship and learning what makes them who they are. I believe in involving the parents in my client’s work and process as much as possible to cultivate a stronger family connection.
I am a child of God, a wife, a mother, a leader, an artist, and friend. I have been married for 16 years and been blessed with two beautiful children. I love people and forming relationships with them. I have been humbled throughout life by hard circumstances and strengthened through overcoming them. I have been blessed to see God’s grace first hand and in the rehabilitation and renewing of many people dear to me.
I believe we are the sum of many pieces. Some broken, some beautiful, and some we have yet to even uncover. I believe God can take the ugly in our lives and use it for beautiful purpose, He can take the brokenness and make it complete, and He can overcome our ignorance and fill us with wisdom if we let Him. I believe we are all uniquely precious and can fulfill a powerful purpose if we can get out of our own way. I also believe that it is important to meet people where they are and it is vital to respect other’s beliefs and to not impose my own. We all have the strength somewhere inside us to overcome our struggles, however, I believe there can be great power, direction, and benefit in walking through those hardships with the right person by your side.
I am working on embracing the fact that I am imperfect and in need of others. I am trying to learn how to build appropriate boundaries and limits to better maintain my time and relationships. I am working on accepting that I am not going to always be able to perform my absolute best in all the different roles I play in my life. I am working on taking all the information I have learned over the years and actually turning it into wisdom. I am learning to spot opportunity with my children and relationships for growth and to pause and take advantage of that opportunity.
I am a daughter, sister, friend, and student. I am a knitter, runner, reader, dancer, singer (in the car), and a listener. I am from a broken family. I am someone who has struggled with anxiety and perfectionism. I am cherished, loved, and chosen by my Heavenly Father. I am thankful that His power is made perfect in my weakness. I am thankful that He continually changes me and molds me, and I am thankful for His unexplainable grace in my life. I am an experienced client and I know firsthand how God uses counseling to bring about His good in the midst of our darkest hours.
I believe that Jesus Christ is my Savior. As a follower of Him, I believe that all people are created in the image of God. I also believe that all people are broken and flawed. I believe that we were made for relationships and we all long to be fully known.
As Dr. Curt Thompson wrote:
“We are born into the world looking for someone looking for us, and we remain in this mode of searching for the rest of our lives.”
Knowing this about people shapes how I view those I come in contact with. I believe God ultimately provides this sense of being fully known. However, I believe the counseling relationship is a tool God has provided for clients to share who they are in a safe and secure environment. I believe my position as a counselor is to sit with people in the midst of their circumstances and allow them to be known and encouraged. I believe that all people have the capacity to change, grow, and heal.
I am working on daily laying my anxiety at the Lord’s feet, and trusting Him to carry me moment by moment. I am working on letting go of my own plan and staying in the moment. My battle with perfectionism can oftentimes get the best of me and I tend to hold tight to things that God may be wanting to change or even make better. I am continually working on believing God’s plan for my future is far better than anything I could come up with on my own.
I am a practicum student and I am graduating in May 2018. After graduation I plan to obtain state licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). I am also working towards certifications in sex therapy and play therapy. I believe it is a privilege to sit with people in the midst of their pain. Through my own life experiences and journey in counseling, I have learned that I find the most satisfaction in helping others find healing, hope, and forgiveness as well. I am passionate about working with young children, young adults, and couples. I pray that I am a tool God uses to bring about His good in the lives of others.