What is your main goal when working with a client?
My main goal in working with a client is that they feel safe and comfortable sharing their life stories. It is through this process that we are able to work together to figure out what areas they want to see change and growth in, and use the strengths they have inside to accomplish those things.
What is your approach and what methods do you employ?
I use a strengths-based, client centered approach. Additionally, I work with all my clients through a family systems lens, even if only one person is present. I believe we are all intertwined through our relationships with others, and it is important to understand how these relationships have affected us and guide us through the decisions we make.
What age groups do you most often work with?
I most often work with adolescents and their parents, but I also work with couples at any stage in their relationship.
Are you passive or active in the session, what can a client typically expect sessions to be like while working with you?
A client can expect to be met with a genuine desire to know you and your story. It is my goal to walk alongside you as you process the experiences that got you to where you are right now, and dream with you as you look into what the future can hold. I want my clients to know they are not alone; I am on their team and we are going to do this together.
What is your background and what are your credentials?
I have a background in education and taught all subjects at a children’s home for at-risk youth. I then took a few years off to spend time at home raising my children while working on my master’s degree online. I also spent this time leading different groups for women and moms at my church. Since returning to the outside workforce, I have been in private practice for over a year.
What is the reason you decided to get into counseling?
II was intrigued by psychology because of a class I took in high school, and always had it in the back of my mind. While working at the children’s home, it became very clear to me that so much of what my students needed was less academic focused and more counseling oriented. I went back to school so that I could be better equipped to work with families to build strong, solid relationships that can handle the brokenness of this world. Since then, I have seen the value in having a safe space to reflect and process all the experiences life brings. I also see how the Lord pursues us, fights for us, protects us, and uses others to remind us of his great love for us. Counseling can be a small glimpse of that love, and that is my prayer for every client that comes through my doors.
Tell us about your education.
I have a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from The Florida State University, and am currently finishing up my Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Capella University. I am expected to graduate summer 2019.