I decided to become a counselor out of a passion for seeing people live a life of purpose, meaning, and hope. With a lot of us doing the best we can to manage busy lives, finding time to support each other can be difficult. Filling this void, I committed to making it my mission to equip, empower, and encourage people to live a life of fulfillment.
My journey to becoming a counselor started in the late 1990s when I began a path to incorporate more meaning into my own life. Through dedicated trips to help people in poverty or recovering from natural disasters, I began to refocus not only on those in desperate situations, but on those around me who had gotten stuck, had difficult life-changing experiences, or just needed a listening ear.
Since becoming a counselor in 2007, I have worked with children, youth, and adults in institutional, educational, medical, and private practice settings. I believe that the way we change is through altering thinking patterns, either directly through helping people discover new ways of thinking or indirectly through behavior changes that can lead to different perspectives. Ultimately, I believe that anxieties, depression, stress, anger, work issues, relational problems, and other difficulties we face can often be rooted in our sense of who and where we are in life.
In addition to counseling, I also serve as a practitioner instructor in the online Master of Counseling program at Wake Forest University.
I spent my early career in a small publishing company managing accounting, human resources, special projects, and conferences as well as writing. I have also served in a large local church creating and overseeing community outreach efforts, recruiting volunteers, and managing business operations.
I am a native of Winston-Salem and spend my free time traveling with my family, playing with my son, and working on the house, in the yard, or on a car. I also enjoy serving in the community through various volunteer opportunities.