Welcome! Thank you for reaching out and taking the first step in being vulnerable, and asking for help. You are definitely not alone. This is a safe space. Please feel free to share anything you’d like. I want to join you on this counseling journey to help you feel safe, heard, respected, and comfortable in sharing your story so that together we can help you succeed and feel better.
I have a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Ball State University, and a professional counseling license in the state of Texas. Before I graduated, I was a Chaplain Intern at Ball Memorial Hospital where I would meet with patients and their families for prayer, support, and encouragement to help meet their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. I also interned at a local church during my undergraduate psychology program helping facilitate and lead the youth group in small bible studies and ministry activities.
I am originally from Ohio, but currently live in Clearwater, Florida with my husband and baby. I was raised in a United Methodist Church and was an active member of a non-denominational church in El Paso and Round Rock, Texas. I can share more of my testimony as we get to know each other better, if that is helpful for you. Before we moved to Florida, we lived in Texas where I worked in several different locations. I first worked at a psychiatric hospital helping to determine if people needed to be admitted or referred to outpatient counseling. Using my crisis counseling skills, I helped patients feel safe, respected, and accepted in sharing their stories of depression, anxiety, trauma, or addiction. I then worked at a private counseling practice working directly with adults and families in their homes as a mental health counselor. Unfortunately, they closed their doors so I then worked at a non-profit mental health center using play therapy with children. After that I worked as a community-based counselor and case manager at a non-profit, certified community behavioral health center. I met with people in their homes or in the community listening to their stories, helping them work through their emotions to better make decisions for their lives. I then transitioned to a new unit at the same agency as a school-based counselor working with children at a local elementary school. I have the most experience working with people experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma, addiction, low self-esteem, and low-motivation.
I draw from a variety of counseling theories including person-centered counseling, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and choice theory. I strongly believe that Scripture, prayer, and meditation directly relate to good mental health, and that Christian beliefs and Scripture can directly tie into specific counseling theories and techniques. It is my goal to create a safe, welcoming and caring space for you to feel free to be vulnerable in sharing your story so that we can work together in helping you succeed. It can be tough finding a counselor you feel comfortable with, so if at any time you think we’re not working well together, please do not hesitate to say so!
I look forward to meeting you and joining you on your counseling journey!
- Stress, Anxiety
- Self esteem
- Coping with life changes
Addictions , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Parenting issues , Anger management , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder Read more...
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused Therapy
LPC #81169 (Expires: 2021-03-31)
Very helpful and kind!