Wellness Center Staff
Wellness Center Director
Licensed in the state of California since 1995, I received my Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy from Azusa Pacific University in 1992. Shortly thereafter, we moved to Redding. I worked in child welfare for nine years as a therapist and social worker before coming to Simpson in 1997 to teach and work in the counseling center. I also worked for several years in private practice.
I have been married since 1989 and have been blessed with three awesome boys to raise.
For me, therapy is not about the removal of suffering, but an opportunity to grow, learn and change in spite of – and because of - our sufferings. It is through the safety of this relationship that we explore painful experiences in order to find meaning and hope. It is sharing problems and seeking solutions. It is about helping facilitate each client's unique personal journey toward achieving greater understanding, competence and maturity in the most vital aspects of our lives – relationship to self, others and God.
It is truly a privilege to have the opportunity to help someone restore to themselves some of what the events of life may have stolen from them. To help them find purpose in their pain and discover hope in their healing is really a gift that I am humbled to take part in.
Though I have dealt with a wide variety of issues in counseling over the years, I would have to say that there are a few areas that I work with most often. They are:
- Sexual Abuse
- Eating Disorders
- Relationship Conflicts
It is my professional passion to participate with others in the growth, healing and maturity that only God, through Christ, brings.
Assistant Director of the Wellness Center
As the Assistant Director of the Wellness Center, I aim to assist the director in creating space on campus where students can feel safe and supported as they 1. process and heal from their past 2. develop holistically healthy habits, so that they can thrive in the life God has called them to in the present and 3. create life-long healthy life habits for the future. We do this through individual therapy, group therapy, campus events and other forms of psychological education.
I grew up in southern California, but have fallen in love with the unique beauty that northern California has to offer. I have my Masters in Counseling Psychology and am a registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern and Professional Clinical Counselor Intern supervised by Beverly Klaiber. My most recent experiences include being employed with a local foster family agency as social work personnel, and completing individual, family and group therapy in our local elementary school district. I enjoy being able to see my counseling skills bring students to whole living, thriving in every life season. My specific areas of interest include, Solution Focused Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, Family Therapy, Couples Therapy, Art Therapy, Body Image and Eating Issues and Anxiety.
Wellness Center Secretary
Married for 26 years to my best friend and a mother of four grown children, my life has been busy and blessed. My family and I moved to Redding about 11 years ago from the East Coast and really appreciate the milder climate. I enjoy hiking, biking, and the beautiful lakes in the North State.
Being a “stay at home” mom of my four awesome children for almost 20 years was the most rewarding and fulfilling time of my life! When my youngest started junior high, I went back to work. I have held various positions over the past several years including bank teller, waitress, and medical records assistant. In 2011, I went back to school to earn an Office Administrative Assistant certificate from Shasta College.
God is Amazing! I know He brought me to Simpson, and He has allowed me to be a part of a wonderful team of caring, loving and professional people. I enjoy serving the needs of the staff and students in the Wellness Center.