I create a safe space in which you can feel compassion, love, and validation. Using my professional experience and therapeutic assessment, I will develop a treatment plan catered to your needs that is based on biblical principles. As your therapist, I will become part of your support system so that you do not have to face your struggles alone. Our faith in Christ becomes the foundation of the therapeutic alliance, and a cord of three strands is not easily broken. We will work together to find practical interventions based on godly wisdom that fit within your current lifestyle.
My Goal as a Christian Counselor
As your Christian Cognitive Behavioral Therapist, I provide a safe, empathic environment in which to identify root problems and biblical solutions. God has a wonderful plan for your life! Together, we will work through the little foxes that spoil the vine, as well as the issues that arise when life delivers devastating blows. I believe that helping individuals, couples, and families in a therapeutic capacity is achieved through integrating biblical principles and clinical skills.
What I Offer in Christian Counseling
When I first meet with you, I will assess for the presenting problem, as well as collaborate with you to develop a treatment plan. This ensures that counseling sessions stay on track and serve your needs. I will then establish current support systems in your life (family, church, friends, etc.), and help you formulate a feasible, step-by-step plan to achieve your goals and the growth and healing you desire.
My Approach to Christian Counseling
The benefit of a Christian approach to counseling, as opposed to a secular one, is that spiritual issues that are the root of the problem can be identified, whereas in secular counseling only the symptoms can be identified. In Christian counseling, faith and biblical principles are not only transparent, but also serve as the foundation of the therapeutic alliance.
Qualifications & Experience
I am an LMHCA and MHP with more than five years of clinical mental health experience. I hold a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and an AA in Business Administration.
My Call to Christian Counseling
Many years ago, I was in the funeral and cemetery industry.I dealt with people who were in the throes of profound grief and loss—people who had suffered through loved ones’ illnesses, tragedies, and accidents. I discovered that I had deep compassion for these individuals, and that I was good at helping them. From there I expanded my skill set and currently have experience working with individuals, couples, and families dealing with a wide scope of circumstances and challenges.
More About Me/On a Personal Note
I am from Austin, Texas. I have two grown children and four grandchildren. I came to the Pacific Northwest to go to grad school and because I love the climate in this region. Although I went back to Texas after grad school, I returned to Seattle in 2015 to take a job at a community mental health clinic before joining Seattle Christian Counseling. I live with my dachshund, Marley, and my tortie, Aslan. I enjoy writing, editing, reading, movies, knitting, and crocheting.
Areas of Expertise/Specialties
- Behavioral disorders
- Schizoaffective disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Court-mandated cases
Dealing with symptoms of depression can easily make individuals feel “stuck.” If you’re feeling depressed, you don’t have to struggle alone. As your therapist, I will partner with you to offer practical tools that will help you emerge from the darkness of depression to find light, hope, and joy again. Take the first step toward healing today.
Anxiety can appear in a variety of degrees during a variety of times and circumstances. Whether you’re sitting at home by yourself consumed by worry, paralyzed by social anxiety when you’re out in public, or stricken with panic attacks at unexpected times, there are ways to overcome. With God’s help and through proven therapeutic techniques, you can experience freedom from anxiety as you practice tools to trust and depend on Him.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder can be a very frustrating and debilitating condition. When past or current trauma threatens to overwhelm your life and interferes with daily functioning, Christian counseling for PTSD can help. Through our time together, you will learn practical methods to decrease the effect of PTSD in your life so you can go back to enjoying a calm, peaceful life with God’s help.
Whether you’re dealing with relationship issues, ADHD, OCD, self-harm, suicidal ideation, domestic violence, borderline personality disorder, schizophrenia, or other concerns, faith-based therapy can make a positive difference in your life. I have extensive experience working with clients of all ages, backgrounds, and circumstances, and it would be my honor to help you find the healing and recovery you desire.
If you’re familiar with bipolar disorder, you may feel misunderstood, stigmatized, and isolated. As your therapist, I will become a supportive ally in your life so you do not have to face the ups and downs of this disorder alone. Together we will discuss and put in place a treatment plan to help you cope with bipolar disorder in a way that complements your lifestyle.
I offer 53-minute sessions. Sessions can be held more than once per week, weekly, or every other week. Scheduling options are discussed in greater detail during your Risk-Free Initial Session.
Availability (by office location):
- Bothell – Tuesdays and Sundays
- Mill Creek – Wednesdays and Saturdays
Fees: I offer a Risk-Free Initial Session for Individuals, Couples, and Groups looking to pursue counseling with me. Please note that there is a fee for the Risk-Free Initial Session as it is a clinical hour and reimbursable to most insurance companies, but if you choose not to reschedule and continue therapy after the initial session the entire fee for the session will be waived. For ongoing treatment the full fee per session is required at the time of service.
Insurance: As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate, some insurance companies will reimburse for a portion of my services (as an Out of Network Provider). Please consult with your insurance provider as to whether they specifically cover adolescents, individuals, and couples.
Receipts/Statements: In the event you require a printed or digital receipt, I will provide receipts for personal use, insurance reimbursement, Flex Spending Accounts (FSA), and Health Savings Accounts (HSA).
Payment options: Cash, Check, or Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, & American Express). A fee of up to 3.7% plus $0.15 per transaction will be added for credit card payments.