Hello! Thank you for visiting my page! I am a marriage and family therapist here at Counseling Center of West Michigan. I am also the founder and clinical director for our practice.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
I have a masters degree in counseling from Western Michigan University with a specialty focus in marriage, couple and family studies. I am a limited licensed professional counselor, a limited licensed marriage and family therapist, a board certified telemental health provider, and a national certified counselor. I am also a Gottman Method level one and level two trained couples therapist and a prepare and enrich certified premarital counselor. Soon I will continue my education at the University of Michigan in their sex therapy program.
WHY COUPLES COUNSELING
There is nothing more beautiful than a good marriage. You can’t put a price on having a best friend to walk this journey of life with. But, I also believe that good marriages don’t just happen- they take work and they take intentionality. They also take putting each other first, and choosing each other again, and again. And again.
I believe that absolutely every couple can benefit from couples counseling-no matter what stage of life you are in, whether you are a couple with no plans to marry, engaged, married 2 years (or 50), or even co-parenting together after divorce. Learning to better communicate, and committing to a mutual respect and understanding towards one another will do wonders for any relationship.
I'VE BEEN THERE
My passion for marriage counseling grew from my own experience, many years ago, as a client seeking marriage counseling. I was less than excited about the options that existed for my husband and I (we tried 8), and thought, “there must be a better way.” I wasn’t looking for a sounding board; I knew friends and family could (and did) offer that service. I wasn’t looking to be coddled; I knew my mother could offer me that. What I was looking for however, was someone to be real with us. Someone who would help us identify problems, and help us construct solutions. Someone who was willing to say the hard things, and go to the depths with us. I couldn’t find that person, so I became that person.
WHAT TO EXPECT
As a therapist, I take a direct and active approach in session. I will be honest with you about what I am seeing in you, in your spouse, and in the dynamic between the two of you. It really is amazing what a neutral set of eyes can uncover. I will work with you to repair and strengthen your marriage. I will give you real tools that you can immediately use to make progress in your relationship. If both you and your spouse are good-willed people and are willing to put in the work, I believe your marriage can be strong and fulfillling. If you're ready to commit to this process, it would be my honor to join you on your journey of healing, rethinking marriage, and finding a new appreciation and passion for one another. I know that inviting someone into this sacred space is not always easy, and I do not take my role in that lightly. I see it as an honor to be in this space with you.