My desire is to courageously step into your stories of pain and harm believing that it’s there where healing and restoration begins, and we encounter the transformative hope of redemption.
At the core of my approach is the belief that in order for healing to occur, one’s story of shame and heartache must be engaged with kindness and grace. This happens as we journey together into our stories with vulnerability to expose the truth and create a safe place where grief and and sorrow are shared. Tenderly and gradually, exploring your story with honesty in the presence of another offers a way to see and understand that which keeps us from being able to give and receive love. In this place of reconnection with our true selves and being genuinely seen by another willing to co-bear our shame, we have a greater capacity to know and live into our calling, and engage in a life-giving relationship with God and others.
Drawing from a background of excellent professional training and profound personal healing, I offer a unique passion to help you safely and patiently walk through the heartbreaking valley of sexual addiction and infidelity. My hope is that the wisdom I continue to gain from my own scars of sexual brokenness will offer transformative help for you. If you are wondering whether or not you can ever possibly recover from gut-wrenching betrayal, and even possibly enjoy a deeper, richer intimacy than ever before, I believe the answer is a resounding…YES!
It is one of my greatest desires to see your heart set on a path toward freedom that offers the hope of restoration and redemption. It will be an honor and a privilege to thoughtfully wade together into the swamp of broken trust and betrayal. This journey will invite us to tenderly expose doubt, despair, and disillusionment then kindly begin to nurture faith, hope, and love. As together we name the failure, face the brokenness, and awaken desire, we will open our hearts to the possibility of real change.
A Bit More
I earned my Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling at Grace Theological Seminary and my Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Grace College in Indiana. For the next thirteen years I garnered a wealth of diverse experience working at various public and private mental health agencies. About half of those years were as case manager for clients battling mental illness as well as an addiction counselor in court-mandated outpatient setting for adults wrestling with substance abuse. The balance of those years was spent working with high risk youth in a secure inpatient setting and with younger students as a school counselor.
I completed an Advanced Counseling Certificate from The Allender Center at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology, emphasizing the framework of stories to better understand and engage the heartbreaking realities of trauma and abuse, and their impact on relationship.