Growing up as the oldest daughter and the middle child of seven made it impossible not to learn teamwork. My family was very involved with serving others through church and community activity. Mom and Dad’s door was always open to visitors needing a listening ear over a good meal or a simple cup of coffee. Being relational was exemplified and instilled at a young age. I learned how to connect with people and now I carry a passion for caring for others.
I hold a Bachelors of Social Work from James Madison University and a Masters in Counseling from Eastern Mennonite University. I have been providing mental health services for 20 years gaining experience in helping emotionally distressed children and their families; adults with intellectual disabilities; and adults diagnosed with psychiatric disorders. I have remained involved in the church setting using my experience and knowledge working with children, youth, and women.
Now that my two children are grown and out of the house (yippee!), my husband of 30+ years and I are often spotted on Saturday mornings buying an Americano and heading out to take a cruise around our beautiful countryside – listening to classic rock, catching up with one another and chatting about the world around us. We are deeply rooted in the local Valley values; and appreciate what the diversity has brought to our area.
Being part of Journey’s team since the beginning, I have concentrated my interests in serving individuals wanting professional Biblical counseling, which includes the awareness of Christ in our lives. Our walk is not designed to be easy and life is not designed to go it alone. With this in mind, I walk with people in their common struggles that come up in life; marital strife; emotional and sexual abuse; grief and loss; and trauma.
It seems your wonderings have brought you to Journey today. I have a hunch you are searching for something. I invite you to connect with me and see how traveling together can help you.
I will provide you with answers to questions you may have. If you take the step toward contact, I will respond.