I transitioned into the counseling field after some time as a classroom teacher. It became very apparent my passion was in connecting with my fellow humans and less about instruction. For eight years I served as a counselor in public schools. Words cannot express the joy I found in this part of my career journey. I had opportunities to express my dedication for students through conversation, relationship building, advising, and, of course, the less visible advocacy each day. I continue to utilize these same skills and passion in my clinical work as a therapist.
In addition to this work, I spend a lot of time in my local community with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. I help develop programs that give different avenues toward healing. I believe that one of the highest forms of healing is advocacy and many survivors I work with continue on to be a voice for those who have yet to find theirs.
You will find my approach in our sessions is focused in Person-Centered Theory. It is my belief that exactly what we need to be the best version of ourselves already exists within. This means my role is to help “midwife” these insights, conclusions, and motivations in our sessions. Providing space for clients to find compassion for themselves and confidence in their decision making is my goal as your clinician. I also incorporate an eclectic range of techniques and theories including Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Family System, and Solution Focused.
At the center of who I am is one Bible verse from the book of Micah. In my faith, I believe I have been instructed to “do justice, love mercy, and to walk humbly.” Regardless if you elect to participate in faith-based counseling, I welcome all who seek non-judgement and empathy. Outside of therapy, my passion includes participating in education and protecting space for marginalized and historically oppressed groups. It is at the core of who I am as a human and a Christian.
If what you have read makes you think we would be a good fit, I encourage you to take the next brave step and contact us at Authentic Transitions Counseling and Coaching. Our initial session will be spent going over confidentiality, the nature of the therapeutic relationship as well as a few forms that are very thoughtfully designed to ensure you receive the best care. You will also have an opportunity to share your story. Our following sessions will build off that story and specific goals you desire to reach.