As a Christian counselor, I understand that growth and healing take time. With empathy and patience, I offer you a safe space to process your struggles and concerns. To the best of my ability, I will sit with you in your story, identify with your pain, and help you climb out of darkness toward the light. During our time together, you’ll have ample opportunity to share what’s on your heart as we work toward the changes necessary for you to find the hope and peace you desire.
My Goal as a Christian Counselor
My goals as a counselor are to support, validate, and encourage my clients to find their voice, to feel empowered, and to explore and move through life challenges with hope. I work with my clients to witness and see who they really are and connect with their stories. My clients will gain confidence and understanding, and know they have a space to feel safe while they journey through life’s transitions.
What I Offer in Christian Counseling
I want to hear who you are, what is important to you, and what you desire to gain from our time together. I want to be a partner alongside you during your healing journey. I will accept you without judgment wherever you are in your life, just as God the Father loves and accepts us exactly where we are.
I will work with you to identify the deeper hurts, beliefs, thoughts, or systems that may be playing into your current issue. From there, I will provide an objective voice to help you sort through your circumstances as you move forward in your journey.
No matter how complex, messy, or perfect … your story matters.
My Approach to Christian Counseling
I believe that in a truly holistic approach, Christianity and faith bring a depth to one’s counseling experience where people can better embrace their own beliefs and feel accepted for their truth. There is a unique spiritual aspect to counseling that when explored through a Christian lens, can allow room for the Holy Spirit to work as well as help us better understand the entirety of one’s story.
Through God, there is no limit to how much a person can grow. With God being included in the counseling process, there is greater potential to find and hold onto hope.
Qualifications & Experience
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with a Bachelor of Science degree in Child, Adult and Family Services and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Iowa State University; a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Northwest University, as well as a Master’s of Divinity from Southwestern Assemblies of God University. I am a certified facilitator for Prepare & Enrich and SYMBIS curriculums as well as having training in Lifespan Integration. I work at a local university where I work with the undergraduate population as well as a trainer and supervisor for master’s-level clinicians. I have worked in the field as a social worker and counselor, informally and professionally for the past five years. I have experience working with a variety mental health issues, different cultures, and a wide range of ages.
My Call to Christian Counseling
As I grew up, I often found myself naturally filling the role of listener and advisor in the lives of my family, friends, and acquaintances. People seemed comfortable sharing and processing their experiences with me, and I enjoy being able to serve and minister in that way.
Through times of personal struggle and challenge, a counselor was a huge resource for me. After graduating college, I was planning to be a social worker, but as I traveled and connected with people from across the world, the Lord impressed upon me the calling to be a counselor. Ever since, I have been so grateful for this calling as well as the position that the Lord has put me in to be able to be a resource, support, and counselor for those working toward restoration, growth, and healing.
More About Me/On a Personal Note
After my college graduation, I spent a year abroad, backpacking across continents to connect, live with, and work alongside local ministries and organizations in whatever capacity they needed. I grew and learned so much during that time period. I am originally from the Midwest and moved to the PNW for graduate school.
In my spare time, my husband and I enjoy cooking and exploring the scenic views that the PNW has to offer. I am active in a local church and make time to participate in small groups and community activities to continue to grow spiritually and relationally with those around me.
Growing up in a family in full time ministry, I relate well to people in or around ministry who are going through life transitions and adjustments that need a safe place to process. Through my own experiences in life, God has equipped me to be an empathetic and nonjudgmental presence for those sitting across from me.
- Personal Development
- Relationship Issues
- Anger Management
If you battle with depression, you are not alone. It is a common struggle, and one that can be overcome with the right help and treatment. If you have symptoms of depression, I would love to meet with you to assess your situation, discuss your symptoms and their origin, and ultimately introduce healthy coping skills to help you overcome the darkness of depression.
Anxiety is another common issue in our society. During our time together, we’ll discuss what anxiety is, and how it can affect us physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Understanding these components goes along way when we then learn to implement anxiety-reducing strategies.
We all live among some type of community. We are constantly learning how to interact with new people and further developing relationships. If you’re experiencing difficulty, tension, or frustration in one or more of your personal relationships, counseling can help. In our sessions, we’ll work through the root of the presenting problem, as well as some tips on how to set effective boundaries that will give you the freedom and peace you seek in your relationships.
I offer 53-minute. 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):
- Kent – Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Fees: I offer a Risk-Free Initial Session for Individuals, Couples, Marriage and Groups 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 most 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. For more information regarding standard session fees, please contact me directly at (425) 381-4829 or [email protected]
Insurance: As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) a majority of 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 individuals, couples, families, and groups.
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.