My specialties include working with teens and adult individuals with issues including depression, anxiety, trauma recovery, relationship difficulties, and more. With God’s help and strength, you can overcome any difficulty you face. I find great joy in combining my professional training and experience with truths from God’s Word to help my clients experience the growth and positive change they desire. Whether you’re looking for a therapist for your child, teenager, or yourself, I invite you to take the first step by scheduling an appointment today.
My Goal as a Christian Counselor
My desire is to support, validate, and empower my clients to achieve their goals and overcome the struggles in their lives. With God’s help, my hope is that you will gain confidence through your therapeutic work with me—confidence in knowing that you, as God’s child, can continue to work through life’s challenges even after our work together is complete.
What I Offer in Christian Counseling
It takes courage to come to therapy and allow a professional into the deepest, darkest parts of our lives. I strive to create a safe, non-judgmental therapeutic space where you can feel able to share your concerns. During our first session, we will begin to create a treatment plan to identify your goals throughout our work together. I will work carefully to identify the root of the issue and walk alongside you to implement the skills needed to overcome your struggles.
My Approach to Christian Counseling
As your therapist, one of my goals is to help you build and strengthen your relationship with God. I want to encourage you to trust in His plan for your life and turn to Him in your time of need. I believe that following in God’s footsteps is crucial in the healing process. Throughout treatment, if you are comfortable doing so, we will turn to Scripture and prayer to help guide and lead us through the session.
Qualifications & Experience
I earned my Bachelor of Arts & Science Degree from the University of Washington, majoring in Psychology with a minor in Women’s Studies. After earning my Bachelor’s degree, I wanted to pursue a career in nursing. I went on to study emergency medicine, earning a certificate as an Emergency Medical Technician. I became nationally recognized as an emergency responder and worked in the field for about a year while continuing to take courses related to nursing. In 2013, I was accepted into a nursing program at a local college. A month before nursing school was set to start, God revealed different plans for me. In 2017, I graduated from Walden University with a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
In addition, I am certified as a Child Mental Health Specialist, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist (TF-CBT), and Certified Therapist in Developmental Disabilities.
I have experience working with adults, children, and families in various capacities, including eating disorder management, emergency response, informal guidance, and community mental health.
My Call to Christian Counseling
Growing up, I always knew that I wanted to have a career helping people. I was naturally good at listening, empathetic, detail-oriented, and loved offering support to friends and family. During my first few years of college, I took some introductory courses in psychology and fell in love with the study of how the brain works. I dreamt of becoming a therapist and helping people overcome obstacles in their life. I also had an interest in medicine and wanted to pursue a career in nursing.
However, through personal struggles in my own life, I listened to where God wanted me to go and what He had planned. During that time God had placed a therapist in my life, and through our work together, it was revealed to me that becoming a therapist was exactly where God wanted me to be.
More About Me/On a Personal Note
I was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. My amazing husband and I have been together for 11 years. We met in EMT school and have three daughters. Being a mama has been one of the greatest gifts that God has ever given me.
I enjoy spending time with my family. On weekends, we like to watch movies, cheer on the Seahawks, and spend time outside together. When I am not at home with my family, I enjoy being with friends and working out. I love to hike and climb mountains, especially on the Olympic Peninsula. God’s artistry and beauty are beyond breathtaking in those moments. I also enjoy crafting and DIY projects, home decorating, reading, traveling to Hawaii, and one-on-one time with my husband.
Areas of Expertise/Specialties
- Abandonment and Neglect
- Counseling for Teens
- Grief and Loss
- Individual Counseling
- Personal Development
- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
- Professional Development
- Relationship Issues
- Sexual Abuse
- Women’s Issues
Anxiety and Depression
One of the first steps in assessing anxiety and depression is to determine what the triggers are. There are a variety of circumstances that can cause anxiety and depression. It can be debilitating and lonely. If you find yourself feeling alone and overwhelmed, know that help is available. My goal as your therapist is to work alongside you to identify the stressors in your life that are impacting your anxiety and/or depression, then implement strategies with God’s help to make positive changes in your life. “All things are possible with God” (Matthew 19:26).
God calls us to be in community with one another. We are not meant to walk alone. Life is a journey full of unexpected changes and transitions. Understanding that God’s plan and timing are perfect can bring peace to our lives. As your therapist, I will provide support for you through your healing.
In today’s society, teens face a number of challenging issues and influences (i.e. social media, bullying, identity issues, relational issues, self-esteem, etc.). During our first session together, my goal is to gain some insight into what is bothering you and address your feelings, concerns, and questions. Together we will learn and practice new tools for you to use to overcome your challenges.
One of my favorite Bible verses is Psalm 46:5 – “God is within her. She will not fall.” Oftentimes as women, we can get down on ourselves, comparing ourselves to other women, and/or the woman we were before. Whether you are struggling with postpartum challenges, relational issues, your identity, or trying to balance being a wife and/or mom, I will be here for you. I have also struggled with some of these issues in the past and understand the challenges that women often face. As your therapist, I will help you feel loved and empowered as we work through God’s purpose for your life.
Sessions: I offer 53-minute sessions. Sessions can be held more than once per week, weekly, or every other week. Scheduling options are discussed in greater detail during your Risk-Free Initial Session.
Availability (by office location):
- Puyallup – Wednesdays, Thursday and Fridays
- Online Counseling
Fees: I offer a Risk-Free Initial Session for Individuals, Couples, Women, and Teens looking to pursue counseling with me. Please note that there is a fee for the Risk-Free Initial Session as it is a clinical hour and reimbursable to some insurance companies, but if you choose not to reschedule and continue therapy after the initial session the entire fee for the session will be waived. For ongoing treatment the full fee per session is required at the time of service.
Insurance: As a Licensed Mental Health Therapist (LMHC), some insurance companies will reimburse for a portion of my services (as an Out of Network Provider). Please consult with your insurance provider as to whether they specifically cover adolescents, individuals and couples.
Receipts/Statements: In the event you require a printed or digital receipt, I will provide receipts for personal use, insurance reimbursement, Flex Spending Accounts (FSA), and Health Savings Accounts (HSA).
Payment options: Cash, Check, or Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, & American Express). A fee of up to 3.7% plus $0.15 per transaction will be added for credit card payments.