Counseling is about growing in self-knowledge, self-awareness, and life skills.
It happens in a comfortable, inviting space where you take the time to step out of the stresses and demands of every day life and focus on yourself.
It's about connecting your present pain with your past. What earlier experiences shaped the patterns you are in today? This is self-knowledge.
It's about becoming more aware of how we relate with ourselves and others. What do we want out of our relationships and how do we prevent or promote this? What triggers us into behaviors we don't want? This is self-awareness.
It's about exploring and trying out new ways of living. New choices will emerge as you tap into your inner wisdom and identify your values. New life skills can be created.
The relationship you build with a counselor is about support and safety, allowing you to look deeply and honestly at yourself without the fear of judgment or rejection.
The process can be difficult. We have good reasons for avoiding or ignoring our pain. We feel fear, shame, and tremendous discomfort in bringing certain things out into the open. Therapy will provide you with a safe place to talk about these difficult subjects, as you're ready.
I have a B.F.A. from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and a M.A. in Counseling from Trevecca Nazarene University. I'm a licensed professional counselor (TN #3419). My focus is on holistic integration. This means treating the whole person: mind, heart, spirit, and body. Specializations include trauma and the effects of abuse, addicted and narcissistic family systems, women's identity issues, spiritual trauma/abuse, couples, and premarital counseling. My own healing journey led me to psychotherapy in my early adult years. I'm a therapist who's also been a client.
When I'm not counseling, I am speaking, teaching, and writing. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, cooking, and trail running. I love used book stores and road trips.
It can also be life changing. Unhealthy patterns can be broken. Wounds and hearts can heal. Depression can lift, and anxiety can quiet down into peaceful self-awareness. Isolation can be transformed into intimacy.