I have worked therapeutically with individuals, couples, and groups for over 35 years. My professional background is in working with people with chemical dependency, and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor as well as a Nationally Certified Counselor. I have found that my experience in the recovery process applies to many issues people face, and I value the practical aspects of change. Licensure and national certification mean that I have met substantive post-graduate and continuing- education criteria, including passing a national examination.
I graduated from West Virginia University Masters Program in Counseling and Guidance in 1984. After 10 years of practice, I trained at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland from 1994–1997. Gestalt Therapy is an expressive, action-based approach to growth, which supports an individual’s ability to notice self in the moment and understand one’s meaning-making process. This is a collaborative process between therapist and client.
My continued interest and education include training in Energy Medicine, Mindfulness Practice, Intuitive Process, Mind-Body Medicine, and Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy. Each of these areas has enhanced my own life and further developed my skills as a therapist.