The director of my Bethel MFT graduate program frequently states that people come to who they are for legitimate reasons. My passion is to help people figure that out – and then see what life can look like when equipped with solid tools –all with a mindset of hope.
In my own story, there have been times when I desperately needed hope in order to put one foot in front of the other. And by God’s grace, I received and acted on it. As I continue to grow, it is my heart’s desire to be an instrument to those seeking hope in their own situations and be an encouragement along their way.
Prior to graduate school, I was a children and family pastor for 17 years in multiple church venues in both CA and MN. During that time, I was privileged to work with hundreds of families of all shapes and sizes and came to see that whatever they brought to church was just part of their story. I wanted to help on a personal level.
I love people. I love hearing their stories. And I consider it an honor to walk alongside a fellow human in their journey. My strengths are in communication, relationship-building, parenting training, trauma and divorce recovery and family life dynamics. In therapy, I use a variety of approaches depending upon the situation and enjoy working with clients ages 5 to 105.
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the desert. - Isaiah 43:19
B.A. St Olaf College, Christian Ethics
Theology graduate studies, Western Seminary, Portland
MA MFT candidate, Bethel Seminary, St. Paul (May 2019 graduation)
Certified Prepare/Enrich marriage counselor
Certified DBT training
Certified CBT training
Certified mediator under Rule 114 with the State of MN