No one can escape the pain and suffering this world has to offer. I strive to combine the gifts and opportunities God has given me to help others navigate life’s storms.
Areas of counseling I am most passionate about are anxiety disorders.
Because I have suffered from anxiety myself and I know how debilitating it can be.
As a society I think we need to shift from the mindset “What’s wrong with you?” to “What happened to you?” I believe the foundation for the unhealthy decisions we make as adults is rooted in the experiences we had in our formative years. If we were taught unhealthy messages, we will make unhealthy decisions and respond to stressors in unhealthy ways. I think it is crucial to become aware of, and work towards resolving, our early childhood experiences. Healing begins when we realize that our struggles are not who we are, but are a product of what happened to us.
Public speaking for numerous community agencies/ groups covering a wide range of mental health issues
22 years in the Social Work Department at University Hospitals Samaritan Medical Center
25 years in private practice at Cornerstone
23 years as adjunct professor and Professional Fellow Ashland Theological Seminary
23 years clinical supervisor for individual counselor trainees at the Smetzer Counseling Center
Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling