Each person is unique, what works for one person in counseling may not work for another, therefore, I choose the counseling approach that matches the unique characteristics and experiences of each individual. I look at each person's life from a bio-psychosocial perspective, which means that I work with you to discover how the mental, physical, and social/spiritual components of your life are balanced and what areas you would like to change. I see each individual as being in charge of their life, so as a counselor I serve you as a facilitator, coach, and mentor in developing healthy solutions to life's challenges. Treatment focuses on changing thought patterns in order to change behavior and emotional states. It is also important to know that counseling looks at your beliefs, values, and how they fit with your perspective on the meaning of life.
Your privacy is of the utmost importance to me and every effort has been given to ensure your complete safety and anonymity while visiting with me from the location of my practice to where my client files are stored. I follow all legal and ethical guidelines to make sure that what you say to me remains private.
I completed my Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision at Western Michigan University. I earned my Masters Degree from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. I have nearly 10 years of experience counseling children, adolescents, individuals, families, and couples, as well as working with college students in career counseling.
I have been married for nearly 30 years to the mother of my two grown sons. I am devoted to personal, political, and professional activism for social justice and equality for all people. I am also active in my church and love to spend as much time as I can with my family. I believe that all people are inherently intelligent and worthy of respect and dignity regardless of race, religious affiliation, sexuality, gender identity, age, or body ability.