For the past 20 years I have worked in the helping professions as a teacher, peer volunteer in military hospitals, and most recently as a licensed professional counselor. During my work in the military, I found the most fulfilling part was the emotional and practice guidance I was able to provide my fellow service members. I had the privilege to support veterans, first responders, and their families. This led me to obtain a Master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University where I chose to specialize in child therapy, peer relationships, parenting, life transitions, and chronic pain.
During the past several years, I have had the benefit of working with children and families in a variety of settings, focusing on play therapy and positive reinforcement systems. I work with parents to develop practical strategies that change unhelpful behaviors and create emotional stability for their children. I realize the earlier we give children the tools to manage their emotions and face challenges, the more successful they will be in navigating life phases as teens and as adults.
My approach in working with individuals and families is to use proven, science-backed treatments in conjunction with physical, social, emotional, and spiritual aspects so that solutions work for the person’s life. I focus on Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) when working with individuals while utilizing Solution Focused Therapy (SFB) and a family systems approach with families. In my work with young children, I utilize play therapy and am currently in training to be a certified play therapist.
I look forward to helping you create solutions that work for your life.