I want people to find hope and remain buoyant in the engulfing waves of life. All need hope—the drowning, gasping-for-air person, the one who is slightly stuck in an ineffective rowing pattern, and the vast spectrum in between. Sharing your story and struggles might not change the size or intensity of the waves, but may help you look at your terrain differently, give you hope and the tools to maneuver around them, breathe well again, and move forward. I would be honored to provide a safe place for you to heal, grow, and thrive.
I value authenticity, kindness, and connection. With a client-centered approach, I include aspects of narrative therapy, attachment theory, and evidence-based interventions through a strength-based and compassionate lens. I view people holistically, so I love incorporating a spiritual dimension when requested. (Jesus is no stranger to waves!)
My areas of special interest include depression, life transitions, relationship issues, grief, trauma, spiritual issues (including abuse, “church hurt”, crisis of faith issues), and also with those who work(ed) in full-time ministry and need support and healing.
I received my master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Trinity International University with extra classes through The Global Trauma Recovery Institute and CCEF. My life experiences—including having a brother with Down Syndrome, being in Christian ministry, and raising a family overseas—have both humbled and strengthened me. They shaped how I care for clients by giving me curiosity and compassion for each person I meet. I would love to listen and process with you so you feel seen and heard.
Together, let’s figure out how you can be buoyant in these waves of life.