I became interested in counseling while teaching Women Studies class. I realized many women were struggling with deep emotions and past traumas, causing them to have self-doubt, fear and shame.
I could listen to their concerns as a friend, but I lacked the tools to really help them heal. This created in me a desire to expand my knowledge so that I could lend more than a listening ear. I decided to return to college and pursue this passion. Being married and having a child sometimes proved difficult but working with these women gave me motivation to complete my goal.
My first job after completing my degree was at Crisis Center where I worked with women, men, and children who were victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. In my work with clients, I use Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) & Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) to work with individuals who struggle to maintain a productive life and a healthy thought process.
No one is exempt from the far-reaching effects of imbalances or situational happenings beyond our control. The highlight of my counseling career is when I witness my clients’ enlightening ‘Ah Ha’ moments.
I enjoy working with all ages and have no gender preference. Prior to my counseling career, I worked extensively with children and youth in the role of a teacher and music director. In these roles, I gained insight to emotions, passions, and the fear of being vulnerable. As the daughter and granddaughter of ministers, I developed a keen sense of the silent needs of others, and the struggle to keep up appearances in our society. I have two fantastic sisters and a wonderful son who has added to my repertoire of working with teens and young adults.
I enjoy sailing, traveling, and spending time sitting beside the ocean.