Many times our hope for the future and our views of the present get stifled by loss, trauma, and hurt. It takes a lot of courage to look those views in the face and choose to believe that we are still capable of creating a life we love, still capable of finding our sense of belonging. Sometimes, it takes a lot of courage just to survive trauma.
I find it a privilege to walk alongside those who are hurting. I see my clients as heroes, warriors who have battled much and are working towards recognizing their inner strengths, in an attempt to reclaim balance and wholeness to their lives.
I have a heart for adults of all ages, teens, couples, and families to heal and to embrace life to the fullest. I have experience helping individuals age 5-65, couples, and families cope with and heal from the emotional impact of trauma, loss, domestic abuse, chronic health, chronic physical pain, life transitions, autism, mental illness, substance abuse, ADHD, learning disabilities, panic, depression, dissociation, bipolar, and more.
I see my role as three-fold: creating a supportive, empathic environment, encouraging clients to find the strengths they are already utilizing in their lives, and helping them find choices that empower them to move in the direction they want their lives to go.
As an Adlerian trained therapist, I believe that genuine healing comes when we accept ourselves and use our passions and strengths to encourage others. As a Christian, I believe that Jesus was the original source of unconditional positive regard. Because He esteems as us valuable, we can stop comparing ourselves to harsh standards, stop striving to earn our value, and embrace the gifts we uniquely bring to our world.
I am also trained in EMDR and have found it to be a great tool for healing from trauma and loss.
When I am not working, I enjoy time with my husband and two teenagers. We enjoy being involved in our local church, traveling, boating, cooking, video games, science fiction, music, and logic games.