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What does it mean to THRIVE?
It’s about living a life of wholeness, mind, body and spirit, while getting to the roots of your challenges and finding a place of peace. Whether it’s finding the courage to take the journey or reaching your destination. Thrive will help you find your voice and empower you to speak life into that place inside of you.
I AM HONORED THAT YOU ARE READING THIS RIGHT NOW!
It is an honor to know and be connected to people. Life is a gift best shared and celebrated. I would love to celebrate this gift we call life with you and the people you hold dear to your heart!
I want to help empower you to make choices to not only help to heal you from the hurt of your past, but to grow and thrive in your life to become the best person you can become. We have one life on this planet, why not live it to the fullest in every possible way through our relationships with ourselves and with others? I want to help you learn to let go of the old lens of hurt and put on a new pair filled with healing and restoration so that you can see the world through a lens of endless possibilities.
A LITTLE BIT ABOUT ME
I have been a therapist in the state of Michigan since 2012. Before I decided to work in the best job ever, I did some other amazing work with people from teaching youth in the public school system, to adult, young adult, couples, kid and youth ministries, to teaching English as a Second Language to an amazing group of adults in Southern California, to providing case management, advocacy, consultation and support for families through several grassroots organizations in West Michigan and in Southern California.
I completed my undergraduate work in English at Calvin College. I have a Master’s Degree from Western Michigan University in Counselor Education, Marriage, Couples and Family Therapy.
I am a fully licensed professional counselor (LPC) and a fully licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT). I have worked with individuals, families, couples, parents, children, tweens, adolescents and adults in individual services, family services and in groups in a variety of ways from outpatient to home-based services and from treatments that we create as a team based-upon specific need to already existing evidence-based treatments. I am a certified PMTO (Parent Management Training – Oregon Model) Therapist, certified PREPARE/ENRICH therapist and have some training in TF-CBT (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy), Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Play Therapy, Gottman, Imago Couple’s Therapy, Sex Therapy and in Grief and Grieving. I provide counseling services for individuals, couples, families and groups and offer clinical supervision to limited licensed counselors (LLPC) and limited licensed marriage and family therapists (LLMFT) through both individual and group supervision.
I believe that each individual is special and unique and that we are all equal regardless of our class, race, gender, sexual orientation, faith practices or capabilities. I also believe that we will have success when we work together as a team by merging your learning styles, background, story, personality, and goals with my skills, experience and expertise. Your growth and success is serious business to me and I will do the best that I can to help walk along-side you in this season of your life to not just heal and grow but also to THRIVE in every aspect of your life!!!
YOU CAN LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE
My ultimate goal is to create validating, non-judgmental environment to help you feel safe and comfortable. I believe in offering support, guidance and knowledge to each of my clients.I have been trained in DBT therapy to teach you skills to manage emotions, improve relationships, and modify behaviors. You can develop the healthy life you desire. Humans experience emotions! Sometimes we may think there is a right way and a wrong way to feel and distress means, we are feeling the wrong way. That is a ton of pressure! Sometimes, our emotions become distressing. Few are taught to manage emotions effectively and distress can lead to self-blame, defeated feelings, strained relationships, self-harm, and more.
I WOULD BE HONORED TO HELP YOU!
I believe in treating clients holistically. We are more than our mental health. We are all individuals and our experiences are unique. My clinical focus is creating an environment that is safe, unique to your personal needs, and promotes personal growth. We will work together to replace unhealthy coping with positive skills, proven to work.
A LITTLE ABOUT ME
I graduated with my Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University. I am a fully licensed LLP and a LPC. I have been working in the field of counseling for many years and have received instruction in the areas of Parenting, Trauma, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, CBT. and Anxiety. However, the greatest instruction I have received is the variety of experiences I have overcome, in my own life. I specialize in helping people feel empowered to take the control back of their emotions, their past, their circumstances, their relationships and ultimately their lives.
I work with individuals and families from various cultural backgrounds, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
You are reading this to decide if I have the tools to help you with whatever circumstance brought you here today. I believe I do have the tools you need. I think everyone is valuable and has the ability to learn skills to overcome their circumstances and become the person they would like to be. You are strong enough, important enough and deserving of growth and healing, and I will do my best to help you grow, heal and THRIVE in everything you encounter.
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