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MA-Level Counseling Intern
- Christian spiritual direction and formation
- women’s issues re: sex and sexuality
- marriage counseling: sexual issues, affair recovery, conflict resolution
- premarital counseling (Alia is SYMBIS certified)
- interpersonal relationships: social-skills building and relationship improvement
- conflict mediation and communication skills
- identity formation/self-esteem issue
- MA-Level Counseling Intern
Philosophy and Therapeutic Approach
I love people. I regard each person as a uniquely crafted and special person who is deeply loved by God and made for a purpose, a message that is infused through all my interactions with others. I am easy-going and empathic, and people often remark that my presence has a soothing effect, making them feel very calm and safe. I tend to focus on the big picture and see hope in every situation, something that I will impart into whatever situation you are facing. I am not afraid to go into the darkest places with you in order that I may help you walk back into the light. I am non-judgmental and caring, understanding that all people can end up in situations that they were not expecting to find themselves in. While all people can make wrong choices, I do not believe that those choices define who you are. Instead, I will treat you with gentleness and respect, trying to view you as Jesus viewed people.
I also deeply understand difficult human relationship dynamics and have good conflict resolution skills. I am a peacemaker and happily walk into relational messes with you, if you want me to do so. Our relationship will be collaborative and open regarding treatment goals, and I will pull from a variety of methods and approaches to best meet your goals and needs. I also believe that all parts of a person are intricately connected. For instance, I believe that emotional pain will also impact one’s spirit and body. I am invested in bringing you to a healthy and joyful place on all levels!
What to Expect in Therapy
Therapy is a journey that will help you learn new things about yourself, others, and God, opening doors that will improve your emotional well-being, your relationships, and problem-solving ability and communication, moving you towards your desired goals. I always care to hear if you feel like something is not working for you in our work together, so that we can find more effective strategies to meet your needs. My goal is to help you become the strongest “you” possible, by being supportive and encouraging, while also gently challenging you to move into healthier and more effective approaches in your life.
Change is a journey that often includes both highs and lows, so it is important to know that you are going in the right direction even if you face difficult emotions or must work through difficult relational issues. I will encourage you throughout your process of change, attempting to make it as smooth and comfortable as possible.
Personal Qualifications and Experience
I have almost completed all coursework for my Masters of Arts in Professional Counseling from Liberty University, a CACREP accredited program, the highest level of credentialing for a counseling program. After graduating in 2020, I will work towards attaining my professional licensure in the state of Colorado. My education has equipped me to work effectively with both individuals and groups. In addition, I have been well-trained in inner-healing prayer techniques and have spent much time ministering to people in my church in this capacity. I am also a co-founder of two holistic healing ministries that intersect. Awakening Women’s retreat is a four-day spiritual formation bootcamp that brings emotional and spiritual healing to women’s lives. Praise in Motion is a worship movement ministry that connects women to God through their bodies. Both ministries are founded on Christian spiritual principles and aim to address people’s spiritual, emotional, and physical hurts and hang-ups, bringing deep healing and transformation on all levels of a person’s life.
I am about to celebrate 20 years of marriage to my husband Wyatt, whom I met in college at the University of Colorado in Boulder. He is a tremendous blessing in my life as we have grown and changed together over all these years. We have four children that keep us very busy, all between the ages of 9 and 16! My biggest personal passions are public speaking and worshipping God through movement, connecting to Him in a totally different way! As might be expected, I have a tremendous love for music and listen to it almost all day long, every day. Toby Mac and Lauren Daigle are two of my favorites! Other hobbies I enjoy are puzzles – the harder the better! One day I hope to complete a giant 20,000-piece puzzle if I can find the space to do it!
Besides these things, I love hiking and being outdoors in still and quiet natural areas. I love both the ocean and the mountains since I spent much of my life growing up in Hawaii. I am bi-lingual and fluent in German, as my mother’s side of the family is German. I lived in Germany for many years while growing up. These places are still home to me, although I embrace Colorado as home now as well!
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair (Isaiah 61:1-3, NIV).
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