A native of Midland, I grew up with a large extended family whose roots are firmly planted in this community.  After graduating from Midland High School,  I continued my education in East Lansing where I earned my Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University.  Some time later, I went on to complete my graduate studies and earned my Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Central Michigan University. I have always had a great love for kids, and find myself active working with at-risk children in the foster and adoptive system, volunteering summers for Royal Family Kids Camp as well as Royal Family Kids Club, a mentoring program.  As a therapist, I am a generalist at heart, but remain passionate about learning new interventions and therapies.  I believe that education is lifelong, and I continue to seek out additional training so I can stay abreast with current research and trends in the field. 

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I work with children (age 5+), adults, couples and families facing a variety of issues, and my areas of strength include: anxiety and depression, stress management, grief and loss, marriage counseling and enrichment, parenting, PTSD, addictive behaviors, and trauma.  Additionally, I am formally trained in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy for children who have incurred traumatic experiences. 

My family and I reside in Midland, where I enjoy photography, following football and baseball, gardening and DIY home improvement projects.  I love hanging out with my husband and kids and granddaughter, enjoying the water, and laughing a lot.