I love being a counselor, and I want to help you thrive
I believe counseling can change people’s lives for the better- I’ve seen it happen. I feel called to this work, and I enjoy it. I love the process of getting to know new clients, forming a working relationship with them, and seeing them bravely take steps towards health and more fulfilling relationships and lives. I see counseling as a collaborative process between clients and myself, and I enjoy walking alongside my courageous clients as they work to reach their goals.
Counseling is collaborative
While there may not be quick and easy answers for the complex challenges that you’re facing, I carefully and respectfully handle your stories- your heart and soul- that you share with me. With my expertise and experience, I join with you and help uncover your personal strengths and hopes, and together we work on improving your life. I often tell clients that “I don’t do counseling to you, rather it’s something we do together.”
I know what it’s like to sit on your side of the couch
I’ve done my own work in counseling and have experienced both personally and professionally the power of transformation. I want you to have the same healing and growth in your own life. I aim to create a non-judgmental atmosphere of growth, where it’s safe to take your mask off and be authentic and it’s cool to have courage.
What to expect
In my first sessions with you I will listen to your concerns, and try to get an understanding of your goals and values. In other words- what’s your end result? If counseling is effective and you’re happy with the outcome, then what will be different in your life? During this time we’re getting to know one another, and as I gain your trust, my hope is that in my calm & judgment-free environment you will feel safe enough to share your inner world with me. The relationship that we form is crucial for your success in working with me. I believe in each person’s value and potential, and that it can best be realized in the context of empathic, supportive relationships enveloped in unconditional positive regard. My counseling style is warm and non-judgmental, and I like to use some gentle humor. Together we do some digging and identify some of the obstacles in your way- what has made it difficult for you to move closer to your goal, what are the walls that you keep running into? Many times it’s distorted thinking and perceptions, that can be challenged and altered through Cognitive Behavioral techniques. Together we will re-write the stories you have about yourself that are holding you back. I love incorporating the powerful work of The Daring Way™ into my sessions as well, and as the only provider trained in this methodology in Hampton Roads, I am thrilled to be able to offer this powerful process to my clients. With it we explore topics such as vulnerability, courage, shame, and worthiness and we use this highly-experiential methodology to move toward more, authentic and wholehearted living. Read more about it in The Daring Way tab on my site.
Experience and Trainings
I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Suffolk, Virginia and have experience working with individuals (including adolescents), couples, and families. I’m also a Certified Daring Way Facilitator for The Daring Way™.
A native Texan, I studied Psychology at Texas A&M University and then moved to Virginia in 2003. I got my degree in Marriage & Family Counseling at the College of William and Mary, and now reside in Suffolk. For the past 13 years, I’ve worked in a variety of settings in the counseling field with people facing a myriad of challenges- from providing in-home counseling with struggling families to training and supporting foster parents as they took on the challenges of adding a child into their home. I began educating future human service professionals at Old Dominion University in 2010, and starting seeing clients in private practice shortly thereafter.