About My Clients
My clients are adolescents, couples, families, and individual women and men who want to change something in the way that they relate to people and respond to certain situations. Often my clients have had adverse experiences in their life. This has shaped the way that they view relationships and experience the world. Many are struggling with anxiety, depression, and intense conflict in their relationships. I help them learn new ways of caring, communicating and getting their needs met.
My Background and Approach
I am a United States Air Force veteran with 20 years of experience working as a Licensed Vocational Nurse. I have a strong desire to help couples, families, and adult individuals find hope and healing as they work through anxiety, depression, illness related struggles, attachment issues, ADD/ADHD and challenges associated with military life. I am also interested in working with pastors, pastors’ wives, and ministry leaders who struggle with relationships, spiritual growth and finding balance. I completed my doctoral dissertation in Marital and Family Therapy at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. I am an associate professor in the graduate program of Marriage and Family Therapy at Hope International University. My areas of focus are: relationship repair, ADHD, ASD, ministry support, trauma, issues of military life, veteran reintegration, chronic illness, depression, and anxiety. My research focus is on transgenerational and interpersonal trauma.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
I am a Christian who believes that we are created for relationship and called to love others as Jesus loved the church. I think this means that I am called to love people regardless of their, race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, spiritual practices, habits, hang-up, addictions, class, age, education, geographic location, or socioeconomic status. I feel called to help people heal their relationships while healing in their relationships.