LAC and LAMFT
I am a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) and a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (LAMFT) and am specially certified through the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) to implement equine (horse) assisted counseling. I earned a dual masters from John Brown University in Clinical Mental Health and Marriage & Family Therapy along with an emphasis in Play Therapy. Additionally, I am a certified TeleHealth therapist.
I enjoy working with individuals of all ages, as well as families, couples, co-parenting, and groups. Through my training at John Brown University, I received education on many different treatment modalities and will use an integrative approach with a combination that suits you personally, to help you reach your goals. I have also been trained in Sand Tray therapy, where figurines are used as metaphors for life situations, and I find this method useful with all ages. For young clients, Sandtray Therapy gives youngsters words to life situations through imagery. And for adult clients, it can bring awareness to a situation by seeing it depicted by figurines in a sand tray. I have had many clients share that they thought about their sand tray throughout the week, and it was very helpful in their overall processing.
As a therapist, my goal is to help clients discover their path by becoming aware of their own strengths and abilities. Sometimes the most difficult times in one’s life offer the greatest opportunities for growth and development. As your counselor, I will be honored to listen to the story of your journey and use my training to help you create your personal map to navigate your way to your goals.
I am a Northwest Arkansas native and love the beautiful scenery it has to offer. I have been married to my sweetheart for over 28 years. My husband and I experienced eight years of infertility, then were blessed through the loving option of adoption with one daughter and one spoiled dog (who believes she is also human). Even though our daughter is a young adult now, we still love family game night and spending time together. I enjoy the beach and the sound of a trickling creek. I LOVE animals, especially horses, and enjoy any time spent with them. In fact, the time our daughter spent learning horsemanship as a teen is the one of the main reasons, I desired to use horses in therapy. Horses have the ability to mirror one’s emotions and have a unique ability to help one process hard life situations, making them excellent “co-therapists.” You will often hear me say that I went through 3 years of grad school, just to be able to become an equine assisted therapist.