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My passion to become a counselor came from my own recovery from feeling like my life was not working for me as well as it did for others. Prior to asking for help, my search for answers took me on a journey through broken relationships, substance abuse, and always striving to be 'good enough.' When I came to the end of my attempts to figure things out on my own, I turned to counselors and mentors for help. This opened up my life to understanding the unique person inside, finding peace, joy, and freedom. The relief and hopefulness I found were so profound that I determined to help others find their way. The answers many seek are within, and connecting with others helps uncover the best version of the self.
In addition to being licensed in substance abuse counseling, have an MS in Counseling, studied biblical counseling, and natural healing. I am EMDR and NARM trained for working with individuals with issues stemming from complex and shock trauma.
I work with people who have issues related to addiction, either your own addiction or others close to you, and associated symptoms such as trauma, low self-esteem, depression, social and other anxieties. Addictive behaviors help to avoid painful emotions that we try to avoid and when these issues begin to resolve the cravings for the addictive substance or behavior is lessened significantly. I also work with people in significant relationships with someone struggling with addiction. Misunderstandings around addictive behaviors are painful, but increasing understanding and working to resolve the pain is possible.
Most importantly, this is your journey. Our work together is to find the answers that are tailored to your values and desires. My role is to help you increase in hope, identify your strengths and resources, grow from struggles, heal from pain, and move forward to achieve the life that you choose.
Addiction, depression, fear, low self-esteem, and anxiety are some of the most common and uncomfortable behaviors and emotions that can be experienced at some point in life. Through counseling and treatment, you are able to foster hope, recover motivation, perspective, and joy that you want in your life. Together we can create goals that make sense for your life and give you freedom you desire.
Many individuals turn to addiction as a way to avoid the pain associated with trauma. Anxiety, fear, and hopelessness are a few emotions that can linger post traumatic events. In our sessions together we can develop the most effective way to overcome these symptoms and guide you through the process of grief and healing. I am EMDR Trained which is an effective method for resolving the painful effects of trauma, and NARM Trained which is a therapeutic approach to work through complex trauma that gets in the way of managing your life they way you want.
Relationship counseling can be beneficial when pain and disappointment has replaced love and joy. This can occur in marriages, between parents and children, and in other significant relationships. Counseling can help find a path forward in the relationship by relearning to communicate and connect in respectful, loving, and supportive ways.