Experienced Counselor and Whole Health Educator
My professional life spans more than 35 years as an experienced helping professional. I have incorporated into my practice the expertise I developed as Presbyterian minister, psychotherapist, medical social worker and whole health educator. Presently, I have a private practice in individual, marriage/family and group psychotherapy, along with a health education program for chronic (medically) ill and a public seminar program.
People who seek my help find a competent and caring guide who provides them a safe, accepting place where they can learn to deal with difficult problems. It is very important to be present with a client as they struggle with scary and uncertain areas of their fractured life. I bring valuable tools to each session: my personal growth, education and training, access to community resources, and knowledge of current psychological issues. I meet the client in the moment of their suffering with the most precious gift – attention and compassion.
Integration of Personal Experience
My intent in all facets of my work is to promptly help clients address their problem, find relevant solutions/resources, and discover their deep strengths — a full measure of energy and renewed hope – so they may venture out on their healing journey. When damage has been done to a person’s sense of self (i.e., in depression, anxiety or abuse), I help the person make significant change. To read more about Integrative Personal Change click here.
My journey as a helping professional has allowed me the time to integrate my education, training/supervision and professional experience as I sync my skills and expertise with the client’s needs. I help clients make significant change at a deep level of self-understanding. As well as years of practice in psychotherapy and health education, I have worked in a variety of settings in Arkansas and Texas including acute care hospitals, home health systems, and out-patient psychiatric clinics. I have worked as a medical social worker and counselor for 12 years in hospice to help dying people and their families move through this with dignity, courage and hope.
My own struggle with a chronic illness not only introduced me to healthy, natural approaches, but also opened my heart to others’ struggles. From this experience and study in lifestyle changes (diet, exercise and relaxation/meditation), I have developed a practical model to help chronically ill people transform their problems into tools of personal empowerment.
Quotes to Ponder
“Earth’s crammed with heaven, and every common bush afire with God; but only he who sees, takes off his shoes, the rest sit round it and pluck blackberries and daub their faces unaware.”
From the poem Aurora Leigh
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
“Hope is the thing with Feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune – without the words,
And never stops at all.”
“People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning in life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think what we are seeking is an experience of being alive; so that our experiences on a purely physical plane might have resonance with our innermost being… so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.”