“In the world you will have trouble. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” -John 16:33.
I have an MA in Counseling from Wayland Baptist University, but I studied art first and have a BFA in Drawing and Painting from Southern Methodist University. This combination has made me an Artist who is a Counselor. I have a unique ability to see both the beauty and landscape of a client’s story as part of the collaborative life masterpiece we are living with God. “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:8-10 Therapy is a brave choice to take an honest look at oneself. I am available for counseling to address your unique situation, whatever it may be, and I am trained to work with a broad range of mental health concerns. I want to mention, as well, that I have a special calling to work with women through the pregnancy year. I previously spent twelve years serving women as a Doula. Four of those years were in labor and delivery at Presbyterian Hospital. Mental health crisis is the leading medical complication for pregnant and postpartum women as Mood disorders, anxiety disorders and depressive conditions can develop or worsen during pregnancy, after delivery or both. With the experience I have, I am uniquely suited to supporting the health concerns of women and their families during this time.
In Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians he writes, “Therefore encourage (admonish, exhort) one another and edify (strengthen and build up) one another, just as you are doing.” Through the help of God’s Holy Spirit, honest discussions of change and repentance become an opportunity for a counselor to express loving-kindness and for a client to receive encouragement without shame. Counseling is about healing and about change. As a Christ-centered Counselor, I can provide empathy and confidentiality to create a safe, non-judgmental space for edification and encouragement. Edification will include honest challenges to negative or harmful behaviors and thought processes. Encouragement will emphasize both the grace which God so freely gives and the hope we all have in Jesus.
The counseling approach I utilize draws from Person Centered, Cognitive Behavioral, and Psycho-dynamic theories. If you are seeking a counselor but are not a Christian, I am licensed to provide counseling that is values neutral. It is my goal to aid in personal revelation and to explore spiritual revelation only as the client chooses. The therapeutic alliance is a relationship we can form, in agreement, together. I look forward to working with you!