I hold a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling and a Master of Divinity degree, both from Campbell University. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and am currently earning licensure in substance use and addictions. I believe that we all are in a journey from birth to death, and I want to help people live that journey well, no matter in what stage one may find oneself currently. Your journey may be about recovery, it may be about reconciliation, and it may be about really living well – reclaiming your identity and your life. Wherever you may find yourself along this continuum, I would like to help.
My work experience has been both in agency and hospital settings, including helping survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and abuse, trauma, and the complicated grief of loss or illness. I have specific experience in helping parents through the loss of a child, and in both pre-marital and marriage counseling.
My favorite work is to help individuals and families find a way forward into a satisfying life after a difficult time. I like to utilize stories (our own and our family’s) as a way to see ourselves in the world and how we relate to the world. My goal in therapy is to encourage people to reclaim the dreams and goals for life that have been forgotten or left behind, and to take control of choosing their own future. Some of my techniques include: narrative therapy, family systems work, identification and replacement of negative thoughts that hold us back with cognitive behavioral therapy, creativity and artistic expression, mindfulness, relaxation, and meditation.
When I am not at work, I am usually making music, cooking, walking with my 3 dogs, or spending time with my three adult children. I am also a certified Qi Gong instructor and practice Tai chi for strength and relaxation.
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