I hope to provide a safe place to process things that have happened in your life that continue to weigh you down. My goal is to create an environment where you can grow, find relief from stressors, gain insight, and find a deeper connection with your true self. There comes a time in everyone’s life when they need to reach out and confide in someone who is non-judgmental and can provide guidance to needed answers on how to get back on balance. Professional counseling can be one more support during times of trial.
Qualifications & Experience
In the State of Washington, I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), a Child Mental Health Specialist (CMHS), and a Mental Health Professional (MHP). I am also a trained EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) therapist, which is an effective treatment particularly for those who have undergone trauma in their lives. I have been counseling since 1997. I have a Master’s in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma. I trained with military families on Fort Benning, in Columbus, Georgia, then with survivors of sexual assault and trauma at Lutheran Community Services in Spokane.
My Call to Christian Counseling
I believe divine intervention was involved in my call to Christian counseling, as I was actually pursuing a career in teaching. Searching for an internship to complete my Master’s degree, I was surprisingly selected among six female interns to complement and co-counsel with Army chaplains at the Fort Benning Family Life Center, which provided mental health services to soldiers and their families. My experience with these six chaplains from several different Christian denominations spurred me onto the counseling path.
More About Me/On a Personal Note
My husband and I have been married for 26 years and have two adult boys. I love mountain biking, especially on Mount Spokane and in Riverside State Park. I also like to write, and socialize.