Therapy is about being pushed outside of our comfort zones in order to grow and flourish in all areas of our lives. It involves taking a leap into the new, often unknown, territory of emotions and vulnerability. This may mean looking at the difficult, not-so-beautiful, parts of ourselves and our stories in order to move forward. My personal motto I use often in therapy is: “short term discomfort, long term benefit”. Therapy is tough yet beautifully rewarding work! You will walk away with the knowledge and skills to be successful in the long term.
Talking about emotions can be heavy, so it is my mission to create a space for you that feels warm and welcoming. One of my favorite things to do is use your stories, hobbies, and personal interests to create meaningful metaphors that will challenge you to gain a new perspective on things. Therapy, while often serious, can also be lighthearted and fun!
I received my Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Wheaton College Graduate School. I have worked with child, adolescent, and adult clients in both community and outpatient hospital settings. My background includes working with depression, anxiety and mood disorders, behavioral issues, eating disorders, impulse control issues, life transitions and adjustments, grief, and family issues.
It is a great joy for me to incorporate Christian faith and spirituality into therapy sessions for those clients who share a personal value in their faith. I do this by utilizing prayer, Scripture, and Biblical stories of hope that connect to your current situation. My hope is that my clients will know the comfort that only God can provide, as 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 reads “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”
I love that we can have a relationship with a God who is the most Wonderful Counselor!