Mental Health Counseling Student Intern

I married a Navy submariner, and our family endured many deployments while raising young children. We have a blended family with three young children. Our oldest I raised as a single mom for a few years, our second we adopted, and our third is biological. I can especially relate to the difficulties that young women, single mothers, blended families and military families endure.

What is your main goal when working with a client?

My main goal is to have honest conversations aimed at making your life better. I want to know your story; where you have been, where you are at, and where you want to go. We will dig, discover, and then empower you to choose the best course of action based on the insights we have gained.

What is your approach and what methods do you employ?worldview, and experiences. It is important that I meet each person where they are and help walk alongside them as a support.

Our practice as a whole takes a very relational approach to therapy, an approach that can help individuals recognize the role relationships play in the shaping of daily experiences.  Relational therapy attempts to help people understand patterns appearing in the thoughts and feelings they have toward themselves.

My core approach to counseling is Existential Therapy. I believe that suffering is an inevitable part of the human condition. Sessions will be aimed at helping you gain self-awareness and insight to your experiences. I will focus mostly on the “here and now.” I want to encourage you to take responsibility for the life choices you are currently facing and guide you towards a healthy, meaningful path.

I also supplement with a Solution-Focused approach. This therapeutic perspective allows us to look ahead and think optimistically. We will envision what your ideal future looks like and work together in finding strategies to get you there. Ultimately, I know that each person I meet with has a unique story. Therefore, my therapeutic approach and methods will be personalized to meet the needs of the individual.

What age groups do you most often work with?

I have had experience counseling a variety of clients with ages ranging from 5-55. Most of my experience is with young adults’ who struggle with anxiety and/or depression. I especially enjoy working with women (single or married) and mothers who are facing difficulties related to marriage, divorce, loneliness, infertility, pregnancy, or parenting. I am open to working with all ages, genders, or life situations. Chances are, we will click just fine.

Are you passive or active in the session, what can a client typically expect sessions to be like while working with you?

I am an active “digger” in the session. I will take the role of a detective/archaeologist and I intend to analyze and excavate your experience. All I ask of you is that you be active with me. It can be an uncomfortable process, at times, but I also do my best to make it fun.

Don’t be surprised if a session with me includes both tears and laughter. I am not afraid to go to the dark, painful places of your story but I also want you to experience beauty and mirth along the way. I believe that humor is healing for the soul and I wont hold back from encouraging you in this way. If there’s a way I can make personal growth exciting for you, you can expect me to try my best.

What is your background and what are your credentials?

I am currently a Master’s level student intern, under supervision, working towards my licensure. I have been certified by the National Board of Certified Counselors through the NCE. I am certified in SYMBIS pre-marital therapy, which I would use when working with couples.

I grew up in a missionary family overseas and enjoy meeting with people who are involved in cross-cultural work and Christian ministry work. I am a Christian and willing to incorporate a faith-based approach if the client is interested in doing so. I believe spiritual healing and growth is crucial to your wellbeing. That being said, my degree is clinical in nature and I am willing to approach our sessions in a way that is honors and respects all beliefs.

What is the reason you decided to get into counseling?

During my undergraduate experience, I most enjoyed classes in philosophy and psychology. I am intensely interested in the human experience; most of my curiosity is related to personality theory. I love studying what makes each individual uniquely gifted. I have continued to study personality theories over the years and would be interested in learning about your tendencies, preferences, and traits. We can discuss how your personality might impact your plan for the future.

I decided to pursue counseling because of my own positive experience with therapists and mentors. There have been a few individuals that have walked me through very difficult years and impacted my life in a positive way. I am incredibly grateful for the ways they helped me, and I want to do the same for others.

Tell us about your education.

I am a graduate level student at Liberty University with my M.A. in Mental Health Counseling. It is a clinical degree from a Christian worldview. I received my undergraduate degree from Columbia International University in South Carolina where I studied Bible and Inter-Cultural Studies. I am committed to continued education beyond my Master’s degree through workshops, seminars, and personal research.

2017

Bachelor's degree in Psychology

Liberty University
2019

Member of America Association of Christian Counselors

2019

American Association of Counselors

2019

Postpartum Support International

Currently Pursuing Master of Art in Mental Health Counseling

Liberty University

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