M.A., Licensed Professional Counselor - Mental Health Service Provider
Individual, children, adolescents, and adult therapy; family therapy; clinical, relational, and developmental issues.
As a Christian; my faith is an influence in my personal life and worldview. At the heart of counseling is a connection between the counselor and the client, so it is important for you to find someone you feel comfortable sitting with and telling your story.
I grew up in Bluefield, WV, went to college in Bristol, TN and have lived a few places since. My first job was teaching 6th grade at Hilton Head Christian Academy, living in Hilton Head, SC for 2 years. Since then I have also lived in Columbia, SC, Signal Mountain, TN, and Murfreesboro, TN. Chattanooga has been home now for almost 10 years, and what a great place to live! I am interested in many outside activities like gardening/working in the yard, hiking, and exploring new places. When weather keeps me inside I like to read, and have been challenging myself to develop my skills in the kitchen. Being creative is an important expression to me, so I enjoy all kinds of crafting, everything from making jewelry to scrapbooking.
A recent professional development and has been the privilege to be accepted as a MFLC (Military Family Life Consultant) the past two years. I have had two different opportunities to work on a military base in Germany as a support and encouragement to military and their families. These experiences have allowed me insight and understanding to military life and the stress of living overseas.
In the context of the therapeutic relationship, God can use the counselor to be a support, an encourager, a guide, at times someone who can teach skills, and educate. When clients share that commitment, explicit reference to their Christian faith will be a part of treatment and use of spiritual interventions incorporated, especially as these also have empirical support. My hope is to help my client develop insight, skills, and empower them to make changes!