Everyone has a story, and here’s a bit of mine. I thought I was going to be a youth pastor for life. As I like to say, if you want to make God laugh, just tell Him your plans. I was living the good life as a youth pastor for a little over 20 years and loving it. Then ministry life took an unexpected turn or two… or three or four. I ended up serving as a worship leader, pastor with a church that began from a church split (do not try this at home), church planter and eventually landed in my present role as a Pastoral Counselor. It wasn’t a smooth, easy transition from one to the other, and I had to fill some gaps with other work (*cough* Great Recession *cough*). Serving people is my passion and I’ve found my sweet spot with this counseling practice.
The story of our lives always unfolds a little differently than we imagine it, so it’s super important to take a look occasionally at what’s happening and make sure we’re living the life we want to live. Sometimes life happens to us, and sometimes we veer off course all by ourselves. (It’s a pain being imperfect.) Getting back to what we envision restores hope, confidence, and a joy for living.
How do I help others discover or recapture joy and peace? My approach is kind, compassionate and solution oriented. I help my clients focus energy on taking practical steps for the present and creating a desirable future, not rehashing past mistakes. I feel I’m a cheerleader of sorts, offering encouragement or a gentle nudge when needed to help my clients who are feeling stuck.
What else about me? I’m a lover of learning, and often I’m able to share new insights that speak to what is happening in my clients’ lives. I also am a lover of things that bring joy, like rehearsing gratitude, watching videos that inspire laughter, or simply watching wildlife in the backyard. I get excited about sports, exercise and hanging out with family. And most anything chocolate.
Certifications and Affiliations
Board Certified Pastoral Counselor, #05099410, Georgia Board of Examiners for Christian Counselors and Therapists
Member of the American Association of Christian Counselors
President of the Georgia Christian Counselors Association
Bachelor of Arts double major in Religion and Psychology, Randolph-Macon College
Master of Arts in Christian Education, Union Presbyterian Seminary
Take the first step to a healthier and more fulfilling life. I offer sessions in person in our East Cobb office, by phone or video chat. Contact me today for a free 15 minute phone consultation, or if you’re ready, book a session by clicking the button below.
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