Description of self/services for directory
I am a biblical counselor, social worker, and pastor with 20 years of experience of stepping into the very difficult and sacred spaces of those I am privileged to serve. I believe that God’s Word is active and relevant to the various ways people suffer, struggle, and cope with the difficulties of life and relationships. I love talking with people about what really matters, their values, their hopes, and those most important to them.
Areas that match your field of specialization:
Family and relationship counseling, marital, parenting, life transitions, spiritual crises, aging,
grief and loss, chronic and terminal illness, caregiving stress, coping with suffering.
Description of practice: At Pathways to Growth Counseling, our first priority is to extend deep respect, care and acceptance to each individual client. Your story matters and we feel it to be an honor and privilege for you to share your story with us. It is our goal to foster an atmosphere of warmth, safety, compassion and non-judgment as a means to create space for your healing and growth. Pathways to Growth Counseling provides support, empathy and affirmation coupled with the necessary challenges, techniques and tools to help you move forward; uncover your true potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating.
Practice type: Group private practice
Insurance accepted (if yes, what companies): BCBS and self-pay
Description of self/services for directory: My education includes a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Masters of Arts in Biblical Counseling from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate and am also currently pursuing certification as a Registered Play Therapist. I have experience working in community-based agencies as well as office settings, providing mental health services for children, adolescents, and adults.
Before beginning graduate school, I was blessed to have the opportunity to serve on a mission team in Argentina for two years. Through this experience, I gained a greater appreciation for a beautiful country and a deeper understanding of other cultures. I also speak Spanish and enjoy working with Latino families.
Throughout graduate school, I completed an internship at a pregnancy resource center, providing crisis counseling and facilitating a program focused on parenting skills training. As a mother to two young children I love helping others on their journey through pregnancy and the postpartum stage. Motherhood is a huge blessing but also comes with many challenges. I have a passion for walking alongside other mothers as they encounter both the joys and frustrations of parenting.
When requested by the client, I seek to help others develop a deeper understanding of God’s presence and purpose in their circumstances. While my counseling orientation is based on a Christian worldview, I also utilize other approaches to therapy based upon client need. I have received training in play therapy and utilize this approach when counseling preschool and elementary age children. I have always loved art and often use creative approaches with all ages. It is my goals to work with you, wherever you are, and help you experience a new sense of peace and hope.
Areas that match your field of specialization (i.e. anxiety, mood disorders, trauma, etc.): children, adolescents, families, and adult women. Anxiety, depression, divorce/separation, family conflict, parenting, self-esteem, school issues, relationship issues, peer relationships, pregnancy/prenatal/postpartum, life transitions
Description of practice: group practice located in a church
Practice type: group
Insurance accepted (if yes, what companies): Not on insurance panels
Description of self/services for directory: Work with individuals (ages 16 and up), couples, and families. Enjoy working with women going through different life stages (recovery from divorce, career challenges, parenting, empty nest, illness, retirement)
Areas that match your field of specialization: Identity issues, anxiety, life stage adjustments, family of origin, parenting, grief/loss, and challenges related to medical diagnoses (prior experience in medical social work)
I view therapy as a collaborative experience and a safe place where people can explore their thoughts, feelings, and relationships. I believe that deep change and growth is experienced through a clear knowing of oneself and a healthy connection to a support system.
I work with women and couples in a number of areas including relationship distress, parenting, identity development, self-esteem, anxiety, depression, and life transition. Therapy always builds on a strong relationship between therapist and client first. In addition to the therapeutic relationship, I work from a systems and attachment perspective utilizing Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Family Systems, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness and Strength Based approaches and enjoy integrating people’s faith in the work of psychotherapy.
I am also available for consultation with churches and Christian non-profits who desire to build healthy organizations and for graduate students in the field of counseling and psychotherapy as they navigate the transition into clinical practice.