Education and Experience
I graduated with Bachelors degree in Molecular Biology from Grove City College in 2002. I obtained a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Drexel University in 2004, and completed my doctoral degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Florida State University in 2009. My education, clinical practice, and research focus has been on intimate relationships, specifically on premarital education, couples relationship enhancement, marital therapy, divorce support and healing, and transition into remarriage/stepfamilies. I have several certifications in couples relationship enhancement and therapeutic programs. I welcome any opportunity to share my passion knowledge about intimate relationships. I have given premarital and marital seminars in churches, been featured on local news segments, served as a guest speaker for FSU student groups, and write relationship blog posts for various online sites.
I also believe that my unique cultural background and family experiences have provided me personal insight into the complexities and challenges of marriage and family life. Growing up in a bicultural family, experiencing divorce as a child, having stepparents, being a stepparent and biological parent, and thriving in a marriage with triumphs and challenges have all been the fertile ground for me to grow in my focus and passion for couple/marriage relationships. Although it brings me great joy to see relationships strengthened and restored, I also know that some just do not work out. I can empathize with the disappointment and pain that comes with separation or divorce and the need to move forward in a healthy manner.
Change is hard, but it is possible. If you have hope and are motivated to do the work, you can surely overcome personal and relationship struggles. There is no issue that is too big or too small to be addressed in therapy. I welcome you to come for marital or couples counseling as an individual or couple. As an individual, you can focus on improving your relationship, even if your partner, child, or other family member does not want to come (although it is ideal that they do). Sometimes support is needed to get through the separation or divorce process, or when transitioning into a new relationship after separation or divorce. Whatever your personal and relationship struggles, you can grow and learn from them to become stronger, more intentional, and more fulfilled in your life. I look forward to working with you in reaching your goals for yourself and your relationships. I consider it a great honor to be part of the process of bettering your life.