Through individual coaching and group presentations, I help adults and children who are struggling with a wide range of behavioral, emotional, relational, and social problems. My work with individuals, families, schools, and community groups emphasizes fostering healthy relationships that are characterized by open and effective communication. It includes a strong focus on empathy as a foundation for relational interactions and personal values as a foundation for way of life.
My role is to provide the support, encouragement, and resources needed to help others establish the skills and healthy support systems that will equip them to resolve personal challenges long term.
My training in a cognitive-behavioral doctoral program has melded with my natural bent toward interpersonal and family therapies, resulting in a truly integrative theoretical orientation. Some factors impacting overall health and progress that warrant attention in counseling include: emotions, thoughts, behaviors, relational attachment, therapeutic alliance, mindfulness, and balanced living. I encourage exploration and improvement of health in all areas of individuals' lives -- emotionally, relationally, spiritually, physically, and occupationally.
a mother, wife, church elder, friend, coach, counselor
passionate about and invested in seeing others grow
able to connect with and understand most humans
persistent, conscientious, honest, trustworthy, compassionate, assertive
creative, resourceful, and value utilizing people's strengths and capabilities in counseling
appropriate communication is necessary for healthy relationships
healthy relationships are necessary for growth
every individual has (often untapped) potential
the world would be a better place if everyone was more empathetic
balance is important -- we all need play to balance work, recreation to balance responsibility, silly to balance serious
the systems and contexts in which we exist have a tremendous impact on who and how we are
adults have the opportunity and responsibility to teach and model healthy living for children
personal values should be the guidelines by which we live and relate with others
the importance of effort trumps the importance of outcome
Les Miserables is one of the most breathtaking depictions of God's grace and humanity's capacity for depth, goodness, and love in existence