I’m a Psychotherapist with experience counseling children, teens, and women since 2008. I have extensive training in play therapy, sand tray therapy, and cognitive behavioral approaches. Through faith-based Christian counseling, I’m honored to help people who suffer from issues with anxiety, ADHD, depression, OCD, behavioral issues, divorce, social anxiety, social skills group training, parent/child relationship therapy, and more. My two main areas of expertise are with children twelve and under, and women in their twenties and up. I also enjoy counseling for teens. However, I have worked with people of all backgrounds and ages, and I am always willing to try something new. I’m here to provide a Christ-centered, compassionate environment where you can work through your issues at your own pace while allowing God’s wisdom to interject in your life.
My Goal as a Christian Counselor
My hope is to provide a safe, warm environment where people can explore, change, heal and grow. I want to support my clients in making the change they desire, and I want them to leave more aware of their value as a uniquely wonderful individual created for a God-given purpose.
What I Offer in Christian Counseling
The Holy Spirit is the best benefit to my approach. Clients can expect that the counseling they receive will be distinctly Spirit led and held through unconditional love. When you can confidently trust that there are no conditions put on you, that you are accepted exactly the way you are and where you are in your journey, it frees you from pressure and allows for organic growth to occur. My favorite is the unlimited resources of the Word and God’s grace. James 1:5 says if any of you lacks wisdom let him ask God who gives generously to all without reproach and it will be given to him. Wisdom is so needed in this practice of counseling, both as a clinician and as the client. This promise and many others give me confidence that whatever I need to support an individual will be given if I only ask.
My Approach to Christian Counseling
Wherever I am, I hope people feel a comforting sense of home. I am relaxed and friendly in my approach and not incredibly formal. I want to get to know a person first and let them get to know me. From there my training causes me to tend to follow the client’s lead. We will talk about what you feel is important. Depending on the issue, I will pull from cognitive-behavioral approaches, thought pattern regulation, client-centered, and family of origin work. I love pulling in Sand Tray work when appropriate or art/activity based work as well. With children, I work from a very specific approach called Child-Centered Play Therapy. This involves working with a room full of toys. The toys are the children’s words, their play is the language. Research shows that children communicate universally through playing. I was trained in a family systems setting and often incorporate the whole family into my sessions, especially when working with kids and teenagers.
On a Personal Note
As an oldest sister to two wonderful younger sisters, I have a natural desire to care for people, and that’s a huge part of why counseling feels natural to me. I’ve always enjoyed working with children. It just comes naturally to me to enjoy the unique perspective each child brings to the world, the joyful simplicity they experience our world with, and a strong desire to protect them and make sure others do as well. If I can be a part of their healing process, well, I see that as a deep privilege. In working with adult women on a variety of issues, I find that I draw often from my own experiences and can relate to the ways anxiety, loss, relational struggles, low self-esteem, and search for purpose weave themselves into our lives often without our permission. I tend to veer away from superficial conversations, and am generally more of an introvert. This makes deep conversations, the “real” sort, which fill up a counseling hour personally enjoyable to me.