About My Clients
Do you dread interacting with others or wonder why you do what you do? Do mental or emotional problems hinder you? Are you weary of feeling stuck? Does fear of intimidation hold you back from engaging or decision making? Perhaps you would like to heal from a bad experience, get support, or create tools to conduct your life more wholly and healthfully. Maybe you would like to improve your relationships or develop a sense of self-hood. I want to work with you in setting and reaching your goals.
My Background and Approach
I earned a BA in Social Science from Spring Arbor University (1981) and my MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from Liberty University (2017) and bring a lifelong love for people and wealth of experience to the therapy setting, including having raised a special needs child, served in the pastoral ministry with my husband, and conducted extensive advocacy work. I am passionate about connection and healing within oneself and among one's associations. I strive to create an environment where a trusting therapeutic relationship develops and healing takes place within a you-centered, collaborative, strengths-based framework. You will have opportunity to examine and identify obstacles to satisfying emotional, mental, and relational well-being. You may then develop a practical vision for and work toward your goals with accountability, support and feedback. We will utilize a blend of therapies within a collaborative, honest, and supportive framework. If you wish, we will include faith issues.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
I believe that God created every life sacredly, regardless of one's beliefs, values, or lifestyle. I believe that man, in his sin, severed relationship with God and, in his mercy, God provided restoration of that relationship through Jesus Christ, who bridged the chasm between perfect God and sinful man by offering a way of forgiveness to the repentant. With our responses generally based on our prior experiences, I believe that we have choices in how we respond to God, others, and our own circumstances, thoughts, and behaviors. I believe we can modify authentic responses by increasing relevant knowledge and understanding, thereby creating wholeness and fulfillment. I believe in praying/utilizing Bible with clients if they wish. I believe in supporting clients with accountability and without judgment. I believe in working with clients who appear, believe, live and worship differently than I do. I believe in client autonomy. I believe in helping clients effect the changes they seek.