I was raised in Hendersonville, TN back when it wasn't so commercialized. The schools I attended were Lakeside Elementary, Knox Doss, finally graduating in 1984 from Beech Sr. High School. Childhood for us mirrored much of what the clients I am afforded the opportunity to help on a daily basis. My heart and compassion stem from personal experiences more than what I learned sitting in a class room, although it was very helpful and important. Life experiences helped to prepare me for a calling that I had not planned for but am truly grateful for the journey it has taken me.
Alcoholism, domestic violence, other abusive behaviors, mental health issues along with their long term effects, held me hostage for many years. Seeking counseling and doing the hard work helped to free me from the awful way I thought of myself, self-destructive behaviors, many broken relationships, and internal stigma that prevented me from self-acceptance.
Today, my goal is to pay it forward and help those who seek to feel a sense of hope and freedom and achieve mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness.