I received my Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Azusa Pacific University in 1991 and have been licensed in California since 1994. Having moved to Redding from Southern California in 1992, I have since worked in Child Welfare, Private Practice, taught college courses, provided Clinical Supervision in multiple settings, and Directed the Wellness Center at Simpson University.
I have been married since 1989 and was blessed to raise three awesome boys, now men.
For me, therapy is not necessarily about the removal of suffering, but is an opportunity to grow, learn and change in spite of – and sometimes because of – our sufferings. It is through the safety of the counseling relationship that we explore painful experiences in order to find meaning and hope. It is sharing our stories and seeking solutions. It is about helping facilitate each client’s unique personal journey toward achieving greater understanding, competence and maturity in the most vital aspects of our lives – relationship to self, others and God.
It is truly a privilege to have the opportunity to help someone restore to themselves some of what the events of life may have stolen from them. To help them find purpose in their pain and discover hope in their healing is really a gift that I am humbled to take part in.
Though I have dealt with a wide variety of issues in counseling over the years, I would have to say that there are a few areas that I work with most often. They are:
- Sexual Abuse
- Eating Disorders
- Relationship Conflicts
- Trained in EMDR