Welcome! I’m so glad you’re investing in your own growth. Before we get into the necessary clinical details, I want you to know one thing: you have value. Whether it was as a nurse, a mom, or now as a counselor (and grandma!), my heart has been dedicated to showing people they are worthy of care and attention.
As I said, I started as a nurse (Bachelor of Science, 1982). I’ve now added a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from the Townsend Institute, University of Concordia-Irvine. I have discovered these two degrees work beautifully together. The Townsend Institute taught me to go beneath the symptoms using the Competence and Character Growth Model. (You might like to know that the
M.A., LPCC, NCC
Gottman Method Couples Therapy- Level 1 & 2 Trained
SYMBIS Certified Faciliator
Model has benefitted me personally and I’d really like to share that wisdom with you.) My therapy style includes levels 1 and 2 training for Gottman Method Couples Training plus EFT: Attachment Science in Practice with Sue Johnson and I am a SYMBIS facilitator for premarital couples.
I work best with women and couples. How can I help you? Whether you’re working through a difficult diagnosis, in the process of making difficult decisions, experiencing grief and loss, anxiety, depression, conflict or problems in relationships, need to learn about abortion recovery, process shame and guilt, thrive after failure, or if you desire to strengthen your personal boundaries, your place in this world is important.
My family experienced military life for 21 years, which included multiple deployments (crazy times) and many locations in the States and England. My husband and I have learned much about marriage and parenting over the years and we are now enjoying sweet times as “Grammi and Gramps.” I love being a lifelong learner. I enjoy reading, walks, nature, travel, and connecting with God and others, especially over coffee.
Everything significant starts with relationship. At the end of the day, your faith, your family, your work, and your leadership are all based on who you relate to and how you relate. Your life is motivated by love for others, being part of a family, a desire for intimacy and vulnerability, choosing to work on a great team, and creating a product or service that helps others. We are happiest when we know our lives revolve around people.
Dr. John Townsend