My specialities and training:
I have specialized training in couples counseling subsequent to a masters and license in professional counseling.
The Bader-Pearson Developmental Couples Counseling Model is the main model I work from. l have been training for over four years with Ellyn Bader and Pete Pearson who designed this model. I am a graduate of the Developmental Model Training and have completed their Advanced Level Training.
I am a teaching assistant in their online training program at the Couples Institute. Also, I am currently in their master mentoring program to keep my skills current and to continue developing.
I have additional training in Redecision Therapy and am certified in Advanced Integrative Therapy (energy psychology treatment) which are two ways to address past hurts and speed up the growth process. I have also had training in Emotionally Focused Couples Training and PAIRS (Practical Application of Intimate Relationship Skills) .
I received my Masters in Professional Counseling in Chicago, IL from Illinois School of Professional Psychology. And I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Fine Arts from the University of Dayton in Dayton, OH. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia. I have worked in the counseling field for over 15 years and have been in the private practice setting the last 9 years.
About me personally:
I have been in a relationship with my husband for over 15 years and I have two young children. I know first hand what it takes to build a healthy relationship, manage the struggles of parenting, and personally grow in a marriage.
I am compassionate, insightful, and directive. You can count on me to respectfully challenge each of you to step up and change to create the relationship you desire. I admire couples and indiviudals that come in for help; I know these are the couples who care enough about their relationship to change it for the better. It is a great honor to help you.
You may also occasionally find me playing competitive womens beach volleyball, painting, or stand-up paddle boarding.
Developmental Model Training Seals: