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M.A.- Level Intern
- communication issues
- women’s issues
- premarital counseling
- church hurt
- identity formation
- sexual issues
- life transitions
- adults (18+)
- seniors (65+)
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood…who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming…who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly…” -Teddy Roosevelt, The Man in The Arena
Philosophy and Therapeutic Approach
One of the beautiful things about therapy is that it is as unique as you are. Your personal experiences, emotions, and desires for healing create the therapeutic process into what it becomes.
My job as your counselor is to walk into those things with you, and provide a safe space to do so. I want to truly listen to what you’re going through and find different tools to provide relief and progress in your current situation, while also helping you process through deeper causes of what you’re carrying today.
What to Expect in Therapy
Working toward healing and wholeness takes a lot of courage – that is why I love the Teddy Roosevelt quote above. It is not the critic who counts, but rather the courageous one; the one that is doing the hard work and desiring to move toward healing. It’s a beautiful thing and I’m proud of you for taking this step.
Walking into therapy can be pretty intimidating – whether you’ve seen a counselor before or not. Opening up to someone that doesn’t know you yet can be a really weird feeling, especially if you’re not even sure where to start. My goal for our sessions is to provide a safe, open space where we can work through things at a pace unique to you. Sometimes, therapy can be a little like cleaning your room – it may look and feel a little messier right at the start, but that’s all part of the process of working toward healing!
Personal Qualifications and Experience
I have always been drawn toward the helping profession, but took a pretty big formal detour throughout my undergraduate experience, getting a B.A. in Creative Advertising. However, God really used my time in undergrad to grow my passion for discipleship and working with women, as well as my passion for being there for people in the hardest experiences of life. Even though trauma can feel messy and scary, God is a God of redemption.
I hopped off my detour after graduating from Michigan State University (go Spartans) and immediately began my M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. Since starting my program, my desire to work with women and those struggling with the effects of trauma has only grown. I am also a certified Prepare/Enrich Facilitator, and have a deep passion to work with couples – couples that may be getting ready to be married, that may be married and struggling, or couples that even maybe are just desiring a “tune-up” in their relationship or marriage.
I’m a native Michigander who loves all things food and coffee. I love to find new local coffee shops and different authentic restaurants around me to try all different kinds of food and coffee (but really lattes – no shame). I’m a big reader, podcast listener, and hiker. I also have a newfound love for bouldering and find the sport fascinating!
My husband, Damon, and I got married and moved from Michigan to Denver for his job in the summer of 2021. We are pretty obsessed with our Aussie puppy, Orion, and are very passionate about our local Church family. God really knew what He was doing when He moved us here!