Clients are sometimes curious about me. I grew up as a military kid, but have lived in the St. Peters, MO area for the past 35 years. I have been happily married since 1995 and have 2 grown children, 1 grown step-daughter, and 4 grandchildren. I very much enjoy just hanging out at home and with family and I’m fine if there isn’t much going on. During the summer, my husband and I enjoy vacationing in the mountains with family and high school friends. My husband and I attend church regularly as do our kids and grandchildren. I love Christmas and I love having all my family here for Christmas dinner. And even though I hate it, I exercise 6 days a week and have done so for the past 35 years.
From the above paragraph, you can glean that I moved around a bit as a kid. From the timeline I offered, you might guess (and rightly so) that I’ve divorced once. You could conclude accurately that I raised 2 biological teenagers. You’d be right to say I am a member of a blended family and as such raised 1 stepdaughter from the age of 7. Need I say that going through these transitions was stressful? I understand that life is often not easy.
I graduated summa cum laude in 1990 from UMSL with a Bachelor of Social Work. And in 1991, I graduated from Brown School of Social Work at Washington University as a Bettie Schroth Johnson Scholar with a Master of Social Work. In 1997, I earned my license in clinical social work.
Areas of Expertise
Since 1991, I have counseled adults who struggle with a myriad of issues. These include anxiety, depression, grief, bipolar, relationship concerns, boundary concerns, domestic violence, blended family concerns, co-dependency, or addiction. I utilize cognitive behavioral therapy, short-term solution-focused therapy, person-centered therapy, and psycho-education. I provide counseling in a comfortable home setting where my clients can heal and thrive.