Position Type
Staff
Service
- Present
Biography

My biography is a retrospective connect-the-dots story. While I was fortunate to be the first college graduate in my family, my career path was definitely a winding sort of journey. I did not identify a passionate career interest until midlife. One graduate internship led me to work in a college counseling center, where I realized that I loved working with young adults in this developmental stage of life. Student mental health in college is on everyone’s radar these days as campus counseling centers strive to meet the overwhelming needs of today’s students. Transitioning to, navigating through, and learning to succeed in college is a journey filled with many adventures and challenges. While my style is theoretically integrative, I believe in a strengths-based positive psychological approach. Client wellness is the cornerstone of my work and I think positive change can be achieved with learning, practice, and good therapeutic support. Students have varying backgrounds and life experiences when they come to college, but I believe four years at a liberal arts residential college like Denison is a unique opportunity for them to mature, develop life skills, and build resiliency in addition to earning their academic degree. I embrace the values and mission of a liberal arts education and it is an honor to serve students here.

 

Degree(s)
B.A., Wheaton College; A.S., Columbus Community College; M.A., Ashland Theological Seminary; Doctor of Philosophy, Ohio University

Research

Dissertation: Counseling College Students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): A Consensual Qualitative Research (CQR) Study Examining the Experiences of College Counselors
Details

College students with ADHD

Service

Professional Memberships
  • Board Member, The Center for Balanced Living, Columbus, OH
  • American Counseling Association (ACA)
  • Association for Spiritual, Ethical & Religious Values in Counseling (ASERVIC)
  • Association for Creativity in Counseling (ACC)
  • Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW)
  • American College Counseling Association (ACCA)
  • Ohio Counseling Association (OCA)