Shining the light of Christ in dark places. It is my goal and life calling to come alongside those who are hurting or in dark places and be a safe, gentle presence that helps people move from where they are to where they want to be. I started counseling back in 1989, when first out of college. I worked for a Domestic Violence/ Sexual Assault agency for 3 years. After seeing that those who were really scarred by their experiences were sent to more qualified people, I went for my master’s degree in clinical Psychology. Many years and venues of service later I have found a wonderful blend… this awesome Jesus-centered organization, where I can provide both licensed master’s level psychological and certified Biblical counseling services.
Issues I can work with include (but are not limited to):
- Self Harm
- Stress or anger management
- Marital or family issues
- Addiction/ Recovery
- Partner violence, sexual assault
- Eating disorders
- Grief and loss (death, health, relationship, health)
I utilize the following as my framework for counseling: Biblical truth, Spiritual disciplines, Short term/ solution focused counseling, Cognitive Behavior therapy techniques.
- Complete comprehensive assessments and treatment plans.
- Perform mental health, substance abuse, risk and other assessments
- Provide confidential, Biblical counseling for individuals, couples and families.
- Develop counseling interventions in coordination with the client and/ or family
- Identify community resources, communicate with county health care providers and provider organization, provide linkages to services and coordinate services for clients
- Make referrals to appropriate services
Sometimes people ask me, why should I see a counselor? Here are some thoughts:
We are created for relationship. There is something powerful that happens when there is a safe and open place to share thoughts and feelings. Often people can be helped by family and friends or others like a teacher, pastor, coach, mentor…all of these people can be crucial when dealing with hard life circumstances or hurts.
The counseling relationship is different because it is not a two sided relationship. You do not have to ask me how I’m doing or be worried if I have had a rough day. My goal is always to not just hear you, but to really hear you. To listen to not just your words, but your body, your emotions and your heart/ soul. You know you way better than I do, so I let you tell me about you and your experiences. That way I can get a good sense of where you are coming from, what might be missing, what we have to work with and where you want to go. I firmly believe that people are doing the best they can with what they have to deal with and with what they have to give. We check judgement at the door and deal with what is. And go from there.
Here are some clues when seeking an outside source, like a counselor, might be helpful:
- You are stuck, even though you have tried to talk it out with friends/ family.
- It is private and your are not comfortable sharing all of it without confidentiality. Guilt, shame, embarrassment can keep us from sharing with people we know.
- Others have suggested you get outside help.
- What you are dealing with feels bigger than what friends or family can help with (for example you are scared to let them know how bad you are really feeling).