Counselor. Supervisor. Author. Speaker.
I am a North Carolina Licensed Clinical Mental health Counselor and Supervisor (LCMHCS) Since 1991, I’ve had the privilege of counseling hundreds of children, adolescents and families as they cope with anxiety, depression, grief and loss and other emotional and behavioral challenges. As a counselor and supervisor, my approach toward counseling can best be described as a blend between cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), narrative therapy, and internal family (IFS). I also enjoy integrating neuro-education into my work with adolescents, emergent adults and parents when appropriate.
In November 2019, my book entitled Heart Cries of Every Teen: Eight Core Desires that Demand Attention will be released. Yay! I can't believe it! This book was written to equip parents and caring adults to understand and address the eight heart core desires that drive and direct much of the best and worst behaviors we see unfolding during the adolescent years of development.
I recently completed my PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision. Despite the stress it caused this empty nester counselor mom, I am so glad I did it. Returning to school has been a dream of mine for many years. My doctoral training has equipped me to teach graduate students in counseling. Since 2017, I have been an adjunct faculty member in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Lenoir Rhyne University-Asheville. I also supervise counselor associates for licensure in the state of North Carolina.
I am happily married to my college sweetheart John and together we have three amazing adult children. I love the outdoors and consider a family hike that culminates with a view of the North Carolina mountains to be an absolutely perfect day.
EDUCATION & CREDENTIALS
NC Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Supervisor (LCMHCS) since 1994 (#879S)
Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) since 2019
National Board of Certified Counselors since 1991 (#41101)
Ph.D., Counselor Education and Supervision, Regent University - 2020
M.S., Community Counseling, Georgia State University - 1991
Certificate, Christian Counseling, Richmont University - 1991
B.S., Psychology, Duke University - 1989
Member, American Counseling Association
Member, Christian Association for Psychological Studies
Member, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision