Throughout the Dare to Dream website I have introduced you to various products and services. Below you will find information about my education, experience and personal interests that support the coaching, counseling, teaching and training services I provide.
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LH60158757) and a Certified Professional Coach in the state of Washington.
My formal education includes a Masters in Business Administration from Simmons College (Boston, MA), a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Northwest University (Kirkland, WA), and a Professional Coaching Certification from the Academy for Coach Training (Bellevue, WA) – now doing business as INVITEChange in Edmonds, WA.
I spent the first 25 years of my career in various aspects of business and began developing a coaching practice in 2001 after completing my coach certification program. My coaching career was cut short by an automobile accident that same year when I sustained a traumatic brain injury that changed the trajectory of my life forever.
What seemed like a tragedy ultimately turned into a blessing. I discovered a love of counseling when I was placed in a crisis pregnancy center to evaluate my cognitive difficulties during my rehabilitation. I had the privilege of providing counseling and intervention for teens and young women who were facing the challenges of unplanned pregnancies.
As a result of this experience, I returned to school to pursue a career in counseling and graduated from Northwest University in 2006 with a Masters in Counseling Psychology. Following graduate school, I worked in a behavioral health hospital providing support to inpatient psychiatric patients of all ages, then worked in a community mental health agency counseling children, adolescents, and adults.
I joined Northwest Family Life in 2006 as the Managing Director and counselor. In September of 2008 I went into private practice and have been self-employed as a counselor and a coach since that time.
God hasn’t wasted a moment of my life. He weaved all of my business and educational pursuits into the ways I interact with clients today.
I thoroughly enjoy coaching clients based on the Dare to Dream curriculum and am in the process of transitioning several counseling clients into Dare to Dream coaching clients.
I anticipate that my business will be primarily teaching, training, and coaching based on the Dare to Dream curriculum by the end of 2021.
My favorite activities are spending time with God and with my husband, walking, watching movies, having dinner with friends, dancing, and exploring the inner landscape of life.
I am passionate about personal growth and development. Throughout my life I have explored the depths and heights of my own human condition and bring that experience to my counseling and coaching work with clients.
My own personal exploration allows me to accompany clients wherever they need to go as they move through the myriad complexities of the change process. Being involved in the learning and growth of others is one of the most gratifying experiences I know.