“I am a Christian and do believe that we have a purpose in this world beyond just having a “good” life.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I started my professional life as a massage therapist and soon realized that we need to address our entire being, including soul and spirit, if we are looking to understand and change things in our lives. I earned a master's degree to assist others in personal growth and establish genuine interpersonal relationships with them. I am open and honest since the “person of the therapist” is very important to developing a good working relationship. I worked as a bodyworker for 10 years and think our bodies hold our pain and memories. I have been in private practice for over 20 years and enjoy working with young adults, couples, and individuals.
What should someone know about working with you?
We will have a collaborative working relationship, set goals, and develop homework to assist you in between sessions. Paperwork is minimal, but it can be very helpful to spend some time thinking about what you would like to accomplish and what you are willing to do or not do to see real transformation in your life.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I am a Christian and do believe that we have a purpose in this world beyond just having a “good” life. I am open to working with anyone willing to challenge themselves and answer questions to further explore what keeps them in old patterns of behavior and thoughts. Learning to understand why we do the things we do, think the way we think, and feel the way we feel is instrumental to learning new skills for daily living.
What still excites you about being in the counseling field?
Even though I have been in this field for over 20 years, I still find people fascinating and enjoy getting to know each of my clients. I get to learn from each individual I work with and I like to think that I have been an important person in their lives as well. I really enjoy having clients keep in contact with me over the years, as I am able to help them transition through many of life's stages.
“I am open to working with anyone willing to challenge themselves and answer questions to further explore what keeps them in old patterns of behavior and thoughts.”