Let me introduce myself…
I began my counseling journey when I was in 7th grade in the school counselor’s office. As I sat on the sofa I remember thinking, “I want to do this. I want to help people like this.” My path to becoming a professional counselor has been vivid, exciting, heartbreaking, and awe-inspiring.
I earned all of my degrees through distance and online learning. Online learning is a challenge as you must be self-motivated, driven, and self-sufficient. I learned how to be both a teacher and a student. I earned my GED when I was 19 after taking the exam at the local Elk’s Club. I started Ashworth College in 2001 earning an Associate’s Degree in Psychology and graduating in 2005. During this time I attended school and had two daughters. For the next few years, I immersed myself in Christian Counseling and attended courses through the American Association of Christian Counselors. I took courses specific to Women’s Issues, Sexual Addiction, Healthy Sexuality, Personality Disorders, Stress and Trauma, Anxiety and Panic Disorders, Adolescent Care, and Adult Care. I was actively engaged in my church and joined prison (WCCW) and jail (KRJC) ministry teams working with offenders and felons, would go house to house to pray and counsel, and became a Stephens’ Minister. At one point I was a licensed and ordained minister. I went To Liberty University to earn my Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2010. From there I rolled directly into their Masters of Professional Counseling program, completed my counseling internship at a local community mental health agency, passed the National Counselor Exam with flying colors, and graduated in 2013.
I held Agency Affiliated Counseling status for the next two years under clinical supervision. I became a fully licensed mental health counselor in the State of Washington in 2015 and my license number is LH60588445. I also fulfilled the State of Washington requirements to become a Clinical Supervisor. In addition to my counseling license, I have earned specialized credentialing as a Child Mental Health Specialist (CMHS), Disability Mental Health Specialist (DMHS), and Geriatric Mental Health Specialist (GMHS).
After earning my professional counseling degrees and practicing in community mental health roles, I made the decision to go back to university to earn my Doctorate of Philosophy in Psychology. I attended Walden University from 2016-2020 earning a Masters in Philosophy in 2019 for qualitative research and earning my Ph.D. in Psychology in 2020. My dissertation is titled: “Clinicians’ perspectives in distinguishing between religious/spiritual and psychotic phenomena.”
I am a member of Washington Mental Health Counselors Association.
I am a member of Psi Chi and Golden Pen Honor Society.
I am a candidate of The National Society of Leadership and Success.
I sit on the Civil Service Commission for the City of Algona, WA.
What I do…