My approach to therapy stems from my belief that my client is an inherently good, lovable, and resilient human being, whose present functioning has been hampered in minor or major ways through past distress experiences. I believe that mental health issues arise when individuals are hurting in the heart, rather than the head. Early hurt and trauma often impact a person’s ability to live a vibrant, authentic life. As such, I support individuals and families in liberating themselves from what hinders their ability to live fully engaged with their true selves.
My role as a therapist is to collaborate with you to help you have the quality of life you desire. I am not an expert on you or your life, but together we can find ways to attain successful therapy outcomes. I believe each client possesses the skills he or she needs to be successful. My job is to work with you to unlock those skills and get in touch with your true, authentic self.
My counseling style is warm, calm, non-judgmental, conversational, collaborative, and creative. I tailor treatment to meet the needs of my clients. I believe in making therapy fun for clients. My sessions often include art projects, crafts, and music–even via telehealth!
My theoretical orientation is grounded in family systems theory, person-centered therapy, Biblical counseling, solution-focused therapy, and collaborative language systems. I actively strive to uniquely support each client in ways that facilitate attainment of treatment goals. All of my work is firmly rooted in the belief that all people are inherently good, lovable, and resilient.
Why I Decided to Become a Therapist
I have been anxious all of my life. My anxiety got worse after my first year of college. By the time I was 23, I was full-on agoraphobic. I could not drive or leave the house by myself. I only became more avoidant and I felt like I merely existed in life, I was not fully living it. After 7 years of living this way, I started seeing a therapist and slowly got to know who I was, what was important to me, and could identify my strengths–all of which contributed to major increases in my level of self-confidence.
Twenty-four years later, I can tell you that recovery is attainable. You don’t have to live this way forever. I know what it’s like to be debilitated by anxiety and depression. I also know what it’s like to be vulnerable and share your fears with a new therapist, basically a complete stranger. Most importantly, I know that healing is possible and the life you want to live is within your reach. I will help you. We will do it together. Interested? Contact me today.
Why I’m a Faith-based Therapist
I became a Christian in the Fall of 2019. I was baptized and became very involved in my community church. I enjoyed attending worship services, reading the Bible, and earnestly doing Bible study. I wanted to do more Bible-centered counseling, but I was wary about the way secular clients might react to such a change. Then, in October 2021, I was admitted to the hospital with Respiratory Failure. I almost died. I probably should have died. During my hospital stay, I tried to reflect on Romans 12:12 as much as my energy allowed: “Be joyful in your hope, patient in your affliction, faithful in prayer.” By the grace of God, I began to slowly improve. He had mercy on me and I was discharged from the hospital after only 5 days. I was filled with a renewed spirit and desire to serve the Lord in ALL I do, especially my work as a therapist. Enter Salt + Light Therapy. I am currently working on a graduate certificate in Pastoral Counseling from Liberty University. I look forward to helping my clients deepen their relationship with Christ and embrace their spiritual gifts all for the Glory of God.