I have been touched by God's love in such a way to lead me to a vocation of helping others and honoring that love. My job description, if you will, is "to be a compassionate servant walking with others through the cycles of dying, birth, and life." My commitment is to create as much love, beauty and healing in this world as possible.
From 2003 to 2008, I served as a volunteer with the Pediatric Blood & Marrow Family Support Program at Duke Hospital; and at Duke Hospice; as well as Forsyth Hospice and the Ronald McDonald House of Forsyth County. One of my greatest rewards has been to serve as a doula for two single mothers, one couple and three beautiful baby girls. I currently fulfill my "job description" as a counselor in private practice and chaplain.
My counseling education began in 2008 and my direct counseling experience began in 2009 as an intern at Centenary United Methodist Church in Winston-Salem, NC. I have an MA in Counseling as well as a Masters of Divinity from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. In 2010, I completed a Clinical Pastoral Education residency at Duke University Medical Center where I was awarded the Wesley Aitken award for Outstanding Pastoral Care.
In my counseling practice, I wait for the client to raise any issues of spirituality. My theological education and exposure to Judaism, Buddhism, Islam and Christianity have been helpful for many persons. Whether you consider yourself to be religious, a person of faith or spiritual-but-not-religious, you will find that I avoid imposing my values on others.
I am a member of the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of North Carolina (LPCANC) as well as the American Counseling Association. Though much of my experience and education occurred in medical settings such as Forsyth Medical Center, Baptist Medical Center and Duke University Hospital, my counseling practice is not rooted in the medical model. I do not pathologize my clients. If a diagnosis is helpful for you to target a treatable condition, I will identify the diagnosis for us. Also, I do not assess for disability qualifications because I would rather help you to seek your abilities. I do appreciate collaborating with psychiatrists if you are in need of medication. I prefer to focus on a person's strengths to manage the adjustments we all must make as life presents us with it's inevitable transitions. My greatest influences in the counseling field are Carl Rogers' person-centered therapy, Dan Siegel's research in interpersonal neurobiology, John Bowlby's Attachment theory, and Susan Johnson's Emotion-Focused Therapy. Recently, I have begun to integrate research on mindfulness and body work in the treatment of anger, anxiety, and trauma.