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My back ground includes; USMC infantrymen, EMT-Paramedic 1990-2000, interventionist CIRT. My education includes: BA History and Psychology 2000, Masters Education in Counseling 2006, Master of Biblical Studies 2012, and Doctoral candidate EdD 2021. My areas of counseling interest includes trauma, sexual assault survivors, shame, empathy, grief, sex offender treatment provider, and stigma caused by emotional trauma that life creates. My clinical experience include children ages 7 through adults. Adolescents clients with problems of emotional regulation, behavioral, and trauma related experiences are of interest. My hobbies / coping skills of life include my faith, cooking, restaurant touring, wood working, black smithing and knife smithing, fishing, weightlifting and tai chi, and lastly fermenting foods and beverages.
My life philosophy is borrowed from Frtiz Perls who stated “Pain is meant to wake us up… Pain is something to be carried around, like a radio. You feel your strength in the experience of pain. It all depends on how you carry it.”
I have a B.S in Chemistry and many years in the Oil & Gas industry. My second degree is a Masters in Counseling. I lean more to cognitive behavioral therapy with a solution focused approach. I enjoy working with adolescents and the LGBTQ+ community. My personal interests include reading and crafting things. My greatest strength as a therapist is life experience. I think this gives me a unique perspective enabling me to empathize deeply with clients. I believe the most important thing a client needs is to know they are not alone and there is hope. The most exciting thing about therapy is the feeling of the "ahh ha!" moment. When we realize that over coming problems means we are on our way to a healthier life.
I come from a background of working with youths with Autism and other developmental disorders. I chose to take my passion for working with others and turned it into a career. I completed my bachelors of science in Psychology (2016) and my masters of science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (2020) from Wright State University in Fairborn Ohio. My clinical experience includes working with youths aged 7-18 in various settings including day treatment, juvenile justice, individual, group, and family therapy. My therapy style consists of an eclectic approach including person centered, cognitive behavioral therapy, and mindfulness. I believe that an individual is the master of their own life and can find a sense of self-actualization that can lead to growth and fulfillment. I have a passion for helping youths and young adults experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, trauma, and emotional regulation. I enjoy spending time with my family, hiking, music, and reading.
I am the business office representative for REST counseling services. I perform audits of the accounting as needed to ensure ethical and equitable outcomes for the clients of REST counseling.
YES. We take precautions to ensure safety not only in counseling but in general physical health. After every session the counseling office is disinfected and the general areas are cleaned daily.
During the session masks are optional.
Due to the unique nature of individual problems no time frame can be guessed. However, each session averages 60 minutes once per week.
YES, however the youngest that REST works with is 5 years and older for some therapists.
YES, we accept most major insurances
YES, we have an elevator and wide halls that meet federal and state ADA standards.
Once you call and talk to one of our TEAM members a portal will be created for you to enter your confidential and protected information. The portals are one source of contact with the therapist.
The business office will verify your insurance and contact you for additional items if required.
The portal that was created to begin counseling is the main contact with REST. IN the portal you can access virtual sessions, make changes to your billing and even contact your counselor.