I grew up in Central Florida. My parents were pastors and spirituality was incredibly important to our family. I graduated from high school and moved to California to attend college, obtaining my B.A. in Psychology from Hope International University. For the next few decades, I worked for hotels and churches. I was honored to serve families looking to equip their children to become future adults ready to take on the world. I worked with low-income individuals, struggling to put food on the table and a roof overhead. I worked with professionals who were processing what it meant to find meaning in life.
A few years ago, it became clear that I wanted to help people find a fuller kind of freedom in life. There seemed, very often, to be a road block between what we want and what we experience in life. I needed more answers. I needed more training. I pursued my Master of Science in Counseling Psychology. Through this training, it has become clear that there are solutions to this problem. We can find the emotional, psychological, and spiritual freedom to live out our lives with joy and contentment. There are opportunities to break free from the patterns that so often, and unknowingly, hold us back.
I see counseling to be less of something that results in being fixed and more in finding who we are alongside one another. There is a curiosity to begin a new journey that will require courage and honesty. And we can find this together.
Boundaries by Henry Cloud & John Townsend
Wild at Heart by John Eldridge
Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson, M.D.
Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl
Love Does by Bob Goff
Parenting from the Inside Out by Daniel Spiegel, M.D. & Mary Hartzell, M.Ed.
Hold Me Tight by Susan Johnson
Movies connect us with our own stories. Here are a few movies that may help you find the deeper meaning in yours:
Inside Out - we can know our emotions.
The Little Mermaid - how do we feel about our bodies.
Finding Nemo - we all make mistakes and can forgive ourselves
Brave - we are allowed to chart our own course.
Monsters, Inc. - those who cause fear are often afraid.
Castaway - how do we deal with loss?
Chocolat - how do we live freely?
The Majestic - what is the value of community?
The Giver - is there more to life than we see?
Seabiscuit - our self-awareness is important.
What about Bob? - we all take baby steps.
Good Will Hunting - how do we overcome our difficulties?
Couples Retreat - there is insight into our relationships.
Forest Gump - who are we in the seasons of our lives?