My Approach to Helping
For the past 20 years, I have provided and continue to provide counseling services that are grounded in an integrated perspective, attuned to the spirit and soul of a person as well as the mind and body. Following my passion for health and human flourishing, I strive to understand the uniqueness of every individual, and what is needed to thrive.
Typical areas of practice include the whole spectrum of issues and problems in living that human beings face such as interpersonal conflict, anxiety, anger, depression, stress, addiction, traumatic experiences, grief and loss. No matter what issue or circumstance, health, happiness, and human flourishing -- becoming your best -- is the ethic that guides my practice.
More Info About My Practice
The Centre for Human Flourishing LLC is a boutique psychology practice that specializes in transforming unpleasant, unwanted, tragic and traumatic experiences into regenerative, self-renewing, and valuable experiences -- and a beautiful, happy life.
I received training and began providing grief and trauma assessments and counseling at Duke University Medical Center in the Major Surgery & Trauma Unit from 1998 -- through 2000. Over the summer of 2000, in between graduating from Duke and beginning the doctoral program in psychology, I studied for and passed the American Council on Exercise (ACE) personal trainer exam. While working on my doctorate, as an independent contractor, I established a personal training & coaching business in the Chicago suburbs. As a personal trainer, I conducted physical fitness assessments, developed individualized training programs, and coached individuals and couples in gyms and private homes from 2000 - 2004.
I received a doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2004 with specialized training in a few different areas: ADHD & neuropsychological evaluation and treatment, pastoral counseling, and forensic psychology (not guilty by reason of insanity, unfit to stand trial). My dissertation entailed a critical analysis of the field of psychology, the education of psychologists, and advocated for psychology to better attend and contribute to the promotion of human welfare while respecting human rights, preserving human dignity and honoring the worth of individual human beings.
In the fall of 2004, I established a forensic (criminal responsibility assessments) private practice in Cherokee County, North Carolina under supervision while at the same time completing a general psychology post-doc. I founded the Centre for Human Flourishing, PLLC in 2005. In 2006, I applied and was approved to become a provider, and, an officially designated service site, the Centre for Human Flourishing, PLLC, for the National Health Service Corps, a part of the United States Department of Health & Human Services. For the next 8 years, I served those with limited access to services, regardless of ability to pay, in Cherokee County (a designated underserved community), and the Tri-State area of Western North Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee. In 2014, I relocated to Wisconsin with my husband, and founded the Centre for Human Flourishing, LLC in Milwaukee.
More recently, in March 2019, I relocated my office to Hartland, Wisconsin. In May 2019, I became a Certified Food Over Medicine Instructor through Dr. Pam Popper's Wellness Forum Institute of Health Studies to improve my understanding of the relationship between food, health, and illness, and then to apply that knowledge and understanding in practice through education and the promotion of healthy lifestyles. Through the fall of 2019, I taught a course in Abnormal Psychology, as a Lecturer in Psychology at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin. I am a licensed psychologist in Wisconsin, North Carolina, and Florida, and am accepting clients for psychotherapy, counseling, consultation, or coaching.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
Being emotionally available and empathically attuned to the distress people are living is hard work. It takes a lot of energy, and inner, reflective work to do it well but seeing people grow, change, and become empowered to help themselves is a true honor and privilege, deeply gratifying, and oftentimes, a prompt for personal growth.