- Bachelors in General Studies – Rollins College, Winter Park, FL – 1970
- Masters in Gifted Education – Kansas State University – 1985
- Ph.D. Counseling and Student Personnel Services – Kansas State University – 1992
- Ph.D. Counseling Psychology – University of Kansas – 1999
- Secondary Education – Teacher of Spanish, French, and Gifted Education
- Elementary Education – Counselor
- Topeka VA – Placements in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Geropsychology Units
- Pre-Doctoral placements – University of Kansas Counseling Center, Lawrence, KS
- Post-Doctoral Training – Family Service and Guidance Center, Topeka, KS
- Marriage and Family Didactic and Supervision – Menninger Foundation – Year 1 of 2
- Marriage and Family Didactic and Supervision – Teachers from Menninger Foundation but no longer affiliated with the Foundation
I am a licensed psychologist with a broad range of experience and training in working with children, adults, and families. Throughout my life, my faith has been an important part of who I am and of what I do. Through my various work experiences, I have developed a holistic perspective of the person. The physical, emotional, and spiritual parts of each of us are integrally intertwined. Our perceptions of who we are as a person were formed very early in life and are largely influenced by our experiences as we grow and mature. We were created for relationship with God and others. Whether in marriage, family, or other settings, the goal is to help the client engage with others in a way that allows them to enjoy being together and to value the good qualities of those with whom they engage and to set healthy boundaries around those who are harmful to us. Our choices in life are largely influenced by the beliefs we formed about ourselves and others.
My desire as a therapist is to start where the client is in addressing the goals for coming to therapy, and to help him or her examine how they got where they are and to then work to help him or her find more adaptive and accurate ways of thinking about themselves. For those who are believers in Christ, the desire is to help them see themselves as God sees them and to become the person they were created to be. For those who prefer to not work from a Christian perspective, the goal is to help them develop more positive ways of thinking about themselves and their situations. The focus is always on the client’s desires and needs.