Professional Engagement and Therapeutic Approach
I believe that every human story, journey, and motivation makes sense if we pause long enough to listen. I am professionally trained to listen. I have a Masters degree in pastoral counseling and a PhD in counseling education and clinical supervision. For the past eleven years, I have embraced the honor and joy of being a passionate and skilled support for people going through different seasons of life.
Relationships and Imago Therapy
Relationships are important, and I am passionate about working with couples and people in relationships using the Imago Theory approach. The intentional and respectful Imago way of relating has been a constant transformative force in my life and marriage. During therapy, I teach my clients communication skills, conflict management tactics, self-regulation strategies, intentional connection, and affair remediation processes . I offer weekend Imago workshops for couples and teams with my husband who is a certified Imago educator and workshop presenter.
Staff Care and Training
Teams need space to process hurts and to grow. I offer counseling and training on creating emotional safety , stress management, resilience building, and conflict resolution to government personnel, deployed humanitarians and other expatriate communities. I employ my international experiences to work as a consultant for business and organizations such as The KonTerra Group.
For as long as I can remember I have been interested in intentional human connection and social justice. As a young person, I often volunteered at community events and was curious about people who were different from me. I was intrigued as to why people behaved the way they did. Immediately after receiving my Bachelor's degree in theology with an emphasis in anthropology I went overseas. I worked for many years joining groups of people to promote wellness through education and community mobilization in rural and urban areas.
I arrived overseas thinking I was going to empower women and facilitate access to education for children, and I did, but unexpectedly community engagement transformed me. I lived, listened and closely interacted with people. The connection offered me the gift of embracing diversity, sitting with my own personal challenges, trusting in collective wisdom, and experiencing the power of vulnerability and faith to sustain the human spirit. The humanity I carry makes me responsible for surrendering myself to become an instrument of peace and justice in the world. Currently I serve my community and am an active board member of two organizations that promote human connection and social justice.
Social Justice and Racial Connection
The focus of my doctoral research was on the vital role of spirituality in facilitating self-regulation, degree completion, and social mobility for African Americans. The intense exposure I had to the American history of race and gender relations transformed me. The disparities I found, turned me into an active and conscious advocate for equity, racial connection and social justice. I employ my skills of working with betrayed couples in conflict to facilitate safe spaces for intentional processes about gender and race.
I utilize theater as a tool to integrate body, mind, and spirit when addressing race and gender bias. I employ integrative approaches because they are powerful to promote self-awareness, understanding, validation, personal responsibility, connection and forgiveness. The intensity of racial and gender ruptures requires holistic integration and intentional presence. Some say that the racial and the gender wound in America is too big to heal. But I am a believer in the power of faith, hope, love, and intentional connection. I facilitate racial and gender healing by providing safe opportunities to name experienced injustices, and moments to honor connection.
Getting to know you
You have just learned a lot about me and my work. Now I am looking forward to meeting you and learning about your journey. Come talk to me.
Certifications and Qualifications
PhD in Counselor Education and Clinical Supervision.
Professional Counseling Licenses for DC and MD.
Certified Advanced Imago Relationships Clinician.
Certified Imago Workshop Presenter.
Member of the American Counseling Association.
Member of Imago Relationships North America.
Theater of the Oppressed Facilitator.
My Core Values
I believe in Faith, Hope and Love (I do).
I believe that every individual is special and essential with unique gifts to offer to any community.
I believe that every human story, journey, and motivation makes sense if we pause long enough to listen.
I believe in being peaceful and in promoting peace and social justice one interaction at a time.