Over the past decade as a licensed social worker, I’ve had the joy of working with a wide array of clients from various cultural, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds. However, the common thread that has stood out to me as a clinician is the significance of a person’s life story; the ways in which they have previously and are currently being shaped by the relationships, events, and transitions in their journey. While a person can move from one season to the next seamlessly, there are other seasons of life that require a pause; to sit, to process, and reflect.
Just as spiritual transformation occurs in the context of a relationship, I believe one of the most important aspects of counseling is the relationship between therapist and client. I have found in my work with children, adolescents, and adults that counseling is most effective when an individual feels a genuine sense of trust, acceptance, and safety. I tend to draw upon various frameworks when counseling, depending on the person(s), presenting issue, and goal of our time together, including psychodynamic, family systems, and cognitive-behavioral therapy.
I hold a bachelor’s degree in social work from Taylor University and a master’s degree in clinical social work from Loyola University Chicago. After working as a licensed clinical social worker in Illinois for several years, I am now licensed in Indiana.
I absolutely believe in (and have personally experienced) the healing and restoration that comes from the therapeutic process, and it’s an honor to walk this road alongside each person that I meet with.