My passion is to help people in need as effectively as possible. That desire has grown from my own struggle with emotional pain, both anxiety and depression, and the life events that have left me in periods of intense despair. These are the moments that have most shaped my values and my faith. Most of us in the field have a story and mine is one that compels me to be an encourager of others in the midst of emotional, relational and psychological pain. Through three decades of study in Psychology and Theology, I have come to a deep appreciation of both traditions and disciplines. In the philosophical tradition of Thomas Aquinas, I see no need to divorce faith from reason. Of greater concern to me than the particular symptoms and pathologies an individual, couple or family might present with, is the very nature of who they are as ones created by a grace-giving God.
My clinical practice over the past 28 years has focused heavily on the study and treatment of Mood Disorders, including Adjustment Disorders, Depressive Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, and Anxiety-Related Disorders. Utilizing Object Relations Theory in conjunction with Internal Family Systems Theory, I draw upon both the intrinsic and interpersonal models in my effort to assist clients in achieving a high level of self-awareness and self-leadership, all the while integrating their faith tradition in the most empowering way possible. I hold passionately to the maxim of Michelangelo - “Still, I am learning.” And I find that it is my clients who teach me the most about life, pain, and healing. Therapy is a collaborative endeavor between the client, God, and me...and each one is vital for the desired outcome.
Internal Family Systems Therapy
EMDR (Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
LMFT since 1993
Ph.D. in Human Services
Capella University 2006
M.A. in Counseling Psychology
Denver Seminary 1989
M.A. in Scripture Studies
Cincinnati Christian Seminary 1981
B.A. in Christian Ministries
Cincinnati Christian University 1978
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