My path into the field of psychotherapy has taken me over a wide variety of terrain. I was a stay-at-home mother while my children were young, involved in lots of volunteer work and happily investing in my family. When they grew older, I ventured into graduate school, earning Master’s degrees in both Social Work and Business Administration; both schools fed my fascination with and understanding of how people interact. I worked in the corporate sector for a while — Human Resources and Leadership Development at Ford Motor Company, and Executive Coaching at Boeing Corporation; I then continued on this path, establishing a coaching and organizational consulting practice.
I made the transition into the psychotherapy field when I realized that God was intent on using me in a counseling role whether I planned it or not. I’ve been delighted to be part of the team at Crossroads Counseling for a number of years now. The way I see it, there’s nothing more fulfilling than helping my clients overcome significant difficulties while increasing in strength, peace, resilience, and joy.
I work with couples, families, adults and adolescents. It’s impossible for any therapist to list all the areas of their experience, but among the obstacles I’ve helped my clients deal with are depression, anxiety, compulsive behaviors and addictions, trauma recovery, grief recovery, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and significant marriage difficulties. I regularly take advantage of continuing education opportunities, primarily including the pursuit of certification in the Internal Family Systems therapeutic model.
I am married with four grown children scattered across the country but who I wish lived three blocks away. My love of travel and getting together with close friends sometimes interferes with my desire to stay at home with a good book, a crossword puzzle or a computer game. I’m active in my church and love singing in the choir. My secret fantasy is to wake up one morning with a voice like Aretha Franklin.
- MSW, University of Michigan
- MBA, University of Michigan
- BS, Sociology; Eastern Michigan University
- Affiliate, Center for Self Leadership