I have been working clinically in counseling settings since 1996. I attended Moody Bible Institute receiving a B.A. in Christian Education and continued my education at Denver Seminary, a CACREP accredited school, where I received an M.A. in professional counseling licensure. I started my professional clinical career as Mental Health Professional under Chapter DHS 61.96 (3), Chapter DHS 35.03 (10) and, Chapter DHS 35.123 (2)(b) of the Wisconsin Administrative Codes. I provided psychotherapy for individuals, couples, and families at a licensed outpatient mental health clinic. I have maintained my status as a DHS 35 Certified Provider with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
My interest in spirituality prompted me to bring my training, experience and care into the local church. In 2001 I transitioned to full-time, church-based pastoral ministry. Though I was no longer a clinical mental health provider, I was able to use my training and experience to inform the work I did with people to help them experience deeper levels of fulfillment and spiritual growth. Early In my pastoral career I was introduced to the power of story to facilitate growth and healing and it revolutionized my approach to people and their problems.
From 2001-2019 I served a local church in a variety of pastoral capacities: Pastor of Student Ministries, Pastor of Youth and Family, Pastor of Adult Ministry and most recently Executive Pastor of Ministry Development where I developed and equipped teams, managed and developed associate pastoral staff and directors, and worked with hundreds of ministry volunteers during my 18 year pastoral career.
In 2019 I transitioned from pastoral ministry to work full-time at New Day. I started New Day to provide counseling, care and emotional wellness coaching to individuals, couples and families.
In 2020 I successfully completed the Certificate 1 Program in Narrative Focused Trauma Care from the Allender Institute.
I am also a professor at Lakeland University teaching graduate students in the Kellet School Masters of Arts in Counseling (MAC) program.
Focus: Individual, couple and family counseling. Leadership and team development, counseling & church-based counseling ministry development, Group Counseling, Crisis Care, Biblically-based Teaching/Preaching, Church Consulting, Church-based Sexual Integrity Ministry Development