Education & Research
I hold a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Oregon State University and am a Board Certified (NCC) Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Registered Play Therapist (RPT). My research, conducted at Oregon Health & Science University’s Department of Neurological Surgery, was in pre-operative anxiety reduction in pediatric patients.
Honors and awards during my doctoral studies include the National ACES Emerging Leader Award, joining the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, and earning the Summa Cum Laude academic distinction. I completed a Master's degree at George Fox University and Bachelor's degree at Puget Sound Christian College.
I am tremendously grateful to have been raised in a family that loves and serves the Lord. From a very young age I can remember feeling my heart come alive in the presence of the Holy Spirit through worship. In junior high school I realized a relationship with God independent of my parents. Through overcoming a season of significant losses and change in early adulthood, I have learned the meaning of giving grace and accepting grace. My journey has shaped me into a woman offering hope, compassion and refuge to others in need and has directed my career path of being a therapist and professor.
Why I teach at Multnomah University
It is an honor to teach and mentor students who have a gentle heart of compassion for others and are called to the helping profession. As a result of the example of superior mentors and professors along my educational journey, I have seen the importance of investing wholeheartedly in students in the classroom and beyond. My deepest desire is that students walk into my classroom or office and feel unconditionally supported. It is important to me that my students feel believed in. For this reason, I make myself available for mentorship and guidance. I am committed to helping students attain their goals and dreams while maintaining academic rigor and excellence.
As a Registered Play Therapist, I have committed my life to the practice of bringing hope to children through the process of inviting them to heal through play. My professional experience has included work in hospitals, Christian and secular agencies, private practice, churches and international settings. It has been absolutely awe-inspiring to watch young lives transformed simply by communicating, “I’m here. I hear you. I understand. I care.”
Teaching counselors-in-training about the power of expressive therapies is a thrilling and energizing experience! It is my life’s mission to bring hope and healing to children by training future counselors to meet the growing need. I especially enjoy teaching courses on expressive therapies such as art, sandtray and play.
My husband and I are avid runners. We regularly run half-marathons and participate in other races within the Portland area. We have recently found a passion for urban scavenger hunts! We enjoy traveling the world finding every adventure possible in different countries! I am truly grateful to be married to a man with a servant’s heart whom is a profound example of the Fruits of the Spirit. His kindness, steadfastness, and humility are inspiring.
Favorite book or Verse
“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you. He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid. Do not be discouraged.” Deut. 31:8