What is your main goal when working with a client?
Understanding the client’s needs and goals is paramount. Helping the client achieve what they desire from the sessions is the measure of success.
What is your approach and what methods do you employ?
I generally prefer a person-centered approach to counseling using a variety of techniques adapted to the personality and communication style of each client. I believe the relationship between the counselor and the client is critical to success.
What age groups do you most often work with?
I have worked with ages from 6 to 90 and I have enjoyed working with all ages.
Are you passive or active in the session, what can a client typically expect sessions to be like while working with you?
I am engaged with the client in session. I like to ask questions which allow the client to explore and think differently about their challenges.
What is your background and what are your credentials?
I am a licensed mental health counselor. Before this, I spent 25 years as a business analyst and consultant. Although business is fun, working with people is most enjoyable and fulfilling for me.
I have worked with people for a number of years in a ministry setting. Most recently I have been a volunteer with hospice working as a grief counselor for children and adolescents.
What is the reason you decided to get into counseling?
I decided to get into counseling because I love people and their stories. I am the person who sits next to you on a plane and loves to hear about your life. I enjoy getting to know a person’s story and being a sounding board.
During difficult times in my life, I have turned to counseling and found it to be a tremendous benefit. I want others to be able to have similar benefits if they so choose.
Tell us about your education.
I completed my Master of Arts in Professional Counseling at Liberty University in 2016. I also graduated with a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry from Urshan Graduate School of Theology in 2016. I recently completed training and certification for Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART). For more information about ART please click here.