My path to becoming a therapist, like many things in life, was a journey. It was a journey that resonated so deeply with who I am. I felt that it was what I was meant to do and there was finally a home for this desire to help people see the potential, not the limitations. As a therapist I am helping each client look for what can be, not what can’t be. We all have a drive to survive but perhaps we can, in fact, begin to thrive in spite of the challenges that life poses. To be a conduit of change, that is the gift of a therapist. I consider it an honor to be of service to others in this way.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC #001605) and a Registered Clinical Counselor (RCC # 127299) with a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. I have co-managed an intensive outpatient addictions program for all levels of care. I have worked with people of all ages and circumstances. My education and experience includes grief and loss, addictions, stress, anxiety, depression, supporting families who live with autism, marital and family issues, and many other life challenges. Life is always full of change often bringing confusion and chaos with it. My hope is to provide a safe emotional space in which to process and embrace that change that often leads to a new way of being.
An important part of my education and experience includes professional and personal development with the Satir Institute of the Pacific. This training is experiential and transformational. It encompasses many current therapies, as well as, the spiritual or energetic part that we all possess. An integration of body, soul, and mind. Most importantly, it holds the view that we are all inherently of value, we are all connected in our humanity, and that it is a primary truth that we all possess the will to grow toward that which is necessary for our highest good. Currently, I serve on the executive board of this non-profit organization that provides training internationally for helping professionals.
Along the way, I have had four children. Three of whom I love on earth and one of them in Heaven. In that time of loss, two of them were diagnosed with autism at age three. From this, I have learned that there is pain that we sometimes do not have adequate words for but the body speaks of the importance and the depth of that experience. Also, that we are all neurologically distinct persons. We all have value and purpose in life regardless of our capabilities and that a diagnosis is not the same as a determination. We are all different but we have all been given life. Life is sacred no matter how simple or complicated, how long or short our time is on earth.
I believe we are all trying to move toward our potential. We all have a story and we can influence that story. We all come from ‘somewhere’ but it’s where we are going that is so important, so meaningful.
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