Why I became a counselor
During college, I took advantage of the counseling services offered to me as a student. I found it to be a life-changing experience. I experienced healing and growth as I shared my story with someone who could help me makes sense of the things I was thinking and feeling. Not only did my relationships with others improve, I also grew tremendously in my relationship with God. I realized the value of counseling and felt called to pursue it as a profession. I love the opportunity I now have to walk with students in places of difficulty or pain and provide a safe space to heal and grow.
I have experience helping people with identity issues, trauma, grief, depression, eating disorders, and spiritual concerns. I also really love working with third culture kids and first generation college students.
I have a Master of Science degree in Counseling and am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Oregon. Additionally, I have been trained in Emotion Focused Therapy for working with couples.
I grew up in a Christian home and began my relationship with Jesus at an early age. My family experienced a number of challenges during our early years and through them I learned that Jesus truly is the one who never leaves us or forsakes us. While growing up in church provided me with some advantages, it also had its difficulties. As an adult, I began to recognize my drive to perform for Jesus instead of focusing on knowing and loving Jesus. My desire now is to be continually renewed by his love, letting go of performance and embracing his grace.
Philosophy of counseling
I am a Christian counselor who believes the Bible is the inspired word of God. I believe that we were created to be relational both with God and with others, which provides us a “safe-base” from which we can explore the world and deal with challenges. Problems emerge when our relational needs don’t get met or are met in unhealthy ways. My desire is to provide a safe supportive environment where clients can be honest about relational needs and wounds, understand the way they impact current concerns, and experience healing.
“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.”
Romans 8:38-39 (NLT)