I am from the Midwest, where I grew up in a small town near Kansas City, Missouri. After a liberal arts education at the University of Missouri-Columbia and a few years teaching, I realized that I enjoyed working with people one-on-one. I completed a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling and gained my first experience at the Counseling Center at the University of North Florida. After becoming licensed, I felt the next step was to try my own private practice. This was over twenty years ago and I have been doing the work I love ever since.
Counseling indeed helps people and I am a passionate advocate for the profession. As an Adjunct Professor, I taught graduate classes in the counseling program at UNF. And for many years, I trained counselors to become licensed at the Women’s Center of Jacksonville, a local non-profit community based organization.
I enjoy helping couples resolve their differences and assisting individuals move past their depression and anxiety symptoms. For my entire career, I have embraced and welcomed the LGBTQ+ community. When clients are interested, I introduce some alternative and complementary approaches I call “Green Psychotherapy.” They include energy psychology methods, diet and nutritional support, and brain health assessments. And finally, I have written articles to support holistic mind/body treatments for our local magazine, Natural Awakenings.