I am a former special education teacher, a retired homeschooler, mother of two teen sons, and a wife of 23 years. My goal as a counselor is to connect with clients where they are today and help them pursue their goals for wholeness and wellness. My approach emphasizes the interaction among thoughts, feelings, and actions as well as the connection of mind, body, and spirit. My experience as an educator and homeschooler has equipped and inspired me to work with children, adolescents, and their families who are facing a variety of life’s challenges. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate, a National Certified Counselor, a member of the American Counselor Association and the American Association for Christian Counselors.
Each of us has a story. So often, that story is one filled with pain and brokenness. It is my passion to come alongside those who are hurting, journeying with them towards healing. Since earning my degree in counseling ministry in 2001, I have had the privilege of going on this journey with people in various life stages, struggling with a various life issues. I seek to minister to the hurt and broken with compassion and integrity, honoring the story they share along the way. In my work with clients, I draw from a range of interventions, all the while valuing the collaborative relationship so necessary for healing and growth.
In my over 20 years of psychiatric practice, I have been allowed to see God restore hope, interest, energy and spiritual, emotional and physical balance in the lives of many clients.
I am a licensed, Board Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist with an M.S. in Adult Psychiatric Nursing and two years of post-graduate training in Structural-Strategic Family Therapy. My practice has focused on treating adults suffering from depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia, as well as adults and families experiencing a wide variety of difficult trials and life circumstances. By integrating the wisdom and guidance found in Scripture with scientifically sound medical and psychological practice, along with a whole-person approach, barriers to freedom can be broken down. It would be a privilege to travel that road toward freedom from pain with you!
It would be my privilege to assist you on this journey through life. I am a licensed clinical social worker and have been practicing for many years. I have a master’s degree in counseling from Purdue University and am a Doctoral Candidate in Counseling Psychology at Purdue University. I have a specialty in treating adolescents, young adults, and individuals with a history of trauma. I also have experience with the issues of addiction, domestic violence, and eating disorders. I am happy to see individuals or couples. I believe we are to strive for balance in a healthy mind, body, and spirit. I would be honored to help you develop that balance.
I am a Clinical Mental Health Counselor. I have worked with victims of trauma, specifically sexual violence, for several years. I have experience working alongside college students, as well as adolescents and adults. I am passionate about helping others navigate through the trauma healing process by providing a trauma-focused therapy approach. I believe healing is possible, and at times people need assistance as they are in the healing journey. I am here to support and guide an individual throughout their journey.
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. I have worked in the mental health and addictions field for over six years. I attended Grace College and Theological Seminary where I received my Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I have worked with families, married couples, college students, as well as individuals suffering from mental illness and addiction. I love helping people seek spiritual, emotional, and relational wholeness using the psychological techniques that God created and outlined in Scripture. I am also a husband to my loving wife and father to my four amazing children.
Life. Freedom. Wholeness. These were words that kept ringing in my soul because I was hungry to experience them in my life. I thought the way to experience them was to know and do all the “right” things. With this as my goal and intention, I fully expected to experience God’s love and acceptance in greater abundance; to sense aliveness in my relationship with God. Instead, what I felt was shame and condemnation since I never could get it “right” or know enough about God to truly experience Him personally. I also found that I was weary. This weariness of soul turned out to be a gift because it led me to ask important questions like this one, “Is there more to God and this life of faith than what I am currently experiencing?”
Diving into this question launched an ongoing journey, a process of developing a deeper relational life-with-God, self, and others than I ever thought was possible. I embarked on this deeper journey toward God through the process of spiritual formation and the ministry of spiritual direction. What I discovered along the way is that there is more to life-with-God, there is real transformation available, there is freedom, and wholeness to experience in all our relationships. I found healing in my own identity and in my image of who God is and how he calls me to be in relationship with Him. I also discovered my passion and call to help others begin or renew this spiritually transformative journey in their own life.
With a master’s degree in Spiritual Formation and Leadership and as a certified Spiritual Director with Enneagram training, I am prepared to walk with you as you take the next step on your journey toward transformation in Christ so that you can experience more life, freedom, and wholeness.
I am delighted to share my life with my husband of over 20 years and two teenage boys. I love connecting with God and others through His Word, creation, life stories, worship and a good cup a coffee.
The journey of transformation is life-long and we all need others to walk with us. If you, your small group, or church staff desire to experience more life, freedom, and wholeness, I invite you to check out the services I offer and give me a call. I’d love to walk with you awhile! I can be reached at 765-412-7736 or through my website at www.cedartreeministries.org .