“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.” – Helen Keller
There are a lot of therapists out there who are kind and loving and will sit back and listen to you talk. I am not one of those therapists. I am kind and respectful but I will be direct and tell you exactly what I think as we are working together. I work very hard to be accepting and understanding of each person’s reality, but I will also not hold back on telling you what I think needs to change in your situation and how to do it.
I am a therapist, mother, wife, sister, and writer. I love to help people grow, heal, change, and come into more fullness in themselves and their relationships. I am passionate about the well-being of all people, creating relationships built on safety, trust, and hope, where people feel accepted and challenged to grow in new and meaningful ways. I consider it a privilege to be able to walk with someone through their fears, challenges, and hurts, and help them experience healing and restoration. For this reason, I see counselling as an opportunity to help people diminish pain and suffering, cope with the challenges of life (both normal and extraordinary), and experience increased joy, purpose, and self-acceptance.
I enjoy working with adults with various issues, including marriage and relationships, anxiety, spiritual development, parenting, motherhood, self-esteem, life transitions, brain health coaching, sex and sexuality, neurodiversity and disability. I am skilled at using a wide variety of therapeutic approaches like Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment Theory, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), mindfulness, inner child work, and Terry Real’s Relational Life Therapy (RLT). However, I tailor my approach based on the specific goals and strengths of the client, so that each person experiences therapy that is a good fit for them.
There are many styles of therapy to choose from now, but what tends to matter the most is that you and your therapist feel you are a good match for one another. You should make sure that the relationship feels good, healing and productive. Good therapy can be challenging, so don’t be surprised if an occasional session doesn’t feel as good as the others, or if you have difficult emotions that come up as a result of your hard work. It is helpful to bring such feelings into therapy and discuss them openly so that they can be processed and addressed.
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Books I have written
Sully the Raccoon
Sully the Raccoon is based on the real-life adventures of author Arielle Hobbs’ son Sullivan (Sully). Told from the perspective of Sully’s big brother, the first book in the series shares the family’s humorous tale of embracing Sully’s intellectual disability after he began wearing a raccoon costume.
Be Your Own Rainbow
This book was inspired by my daughter’s fear and fascination with thunderstorms and my dear friend Kailey who gave me the title “Be Your Own Rainbow.” This book is a rhythmic reminder for all ages to embrace their true selves and be exactly who God designed them to be. Constructed as an affirmation for my own children, to embrace their unique features, flaws, fears, failures and fun.