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About Me



I am a Missouri Licensed Professional Counselor, a National Board Certified Counselor and a Florida Licensed Mental Health Counselor with experience in treating adults and young adults for Anxiety, Depression, Stress, Self-esteem, Grief, Trauma, Weight Loss/Management and Career related issues.  I also assist clients with maintaining sobriety as well as help their family members with co-dependency issues.  In addition, I offer Marriage/Couple and Family therapy for clients experiencing relationship difficulties. 

I have over 18years experience as a psychotherapist. I specialize in Cognitive Behavioral & Solution Focused Therapy.  I believe that it is necessary to treat not only symptoms, such as depression, anxiety, panic, addictions and insomnia, but also the underlying "controlling beliefs" that keep people stuck in chronic, self-defeating behaviors.  By combining complementary methodologies and techniques I am able to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client.

After 25 years in the Business/Computer industry, I chose to follow my first passion and pursue a career in counseling.  To that end, I graduated from Missouri State University with a Master of Science Degree in Counseling, and in 1998 I opened my private practice in Springfield Missouri.  In October 2007, I moved to the Emerald Coast in Destin Florida and operated a private practice there for the last seven years.  I have recently moved back to the Ozarks to be near my aging parents and assist with their care.

I am a current member of the National Association of Mental Health and the National Board for Certified Counselors.

My passion is to help individuals create fulfilling and productive lives.  With support, practical feedback and skillful guidance I believe it is possible for anyone to change the direction of their life.  With compassion and understanding, I will work with you and help you build on your strengths to attain the personal growth you are striving for.

Education
Missouri State University;  Master of Science - Counseling 1998
Drury University;  Bachelor of Science - Psychology - 1995
Drury University;  Associate of Science - Business Administration - 1987

License, Certifications & Awards
Licensed Mental Health Counselor - Florida 2004
Licensed Professional Counselor - Missouri 1998

Additional Training
Cognitive Behavioral Techniques
Solution Focused & Brief Counseling Techniques
Marriage & Family Counseling Techniques
Treating Post Traumatic Stress Issues
Counseling Military Personnel & Their Families
Addictions & Recovery
Stress & Pain Management
Treating Abuse (Physical, Sexual & Emotional)
Domestic Violence Issues
Weight Loss & Weight Management Issues

Professional Activities and Memberships
National Association of Mental Health
National Board for Certified Counselors

 

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