Relationships are at the heart of what matters, and I am so honored to come on board with Mosaics of Mercy where we help people navigate the heart of the matter.
I understand how complex, difficult and joyful marriage, parenting, and family can be. James (“JT”) and I have been married for 34 years – and sometimes we think that’s a miracle! Our first child, Jessica, was born with multiple birth defects – which required many surgeries, hospitalizations, physical and occupational therapy. I know how it feels to have a child with specific needs: the pain, grief, and guilt that comes and goes, how easy it is to “over-do” the parenting, and the mystery that lies ahead before each milestone. I am well-versed with the inner-workings of the public school system, and the importance of advocacy for your child – special needs or not. Our second child, James Austin, was born physically problem-free….and with an iron will! Parenting the strong-willed child is not for sissies.
Personally, I have walked the road of addiction and recovery as well as dealt with depression and anxiety. I know how essential a supportive recovery and counseling community is. We cannot walk alone.
I have a Bachelor of Science in Education from Stephen F. Austin State University, and a Master of Arts in Counseling from Sam Houston State University. I’m a Certified School Counselor, a Licensed Professional Counselor, trained in EMDR, and also a facilitator for parenting and classroom management workshops using Love and Logic® curricula. I was an elementary school counselor for 15 years, and have spent over 20 years in private and public education. In late 2020 I closed my private counseling practice in Old Town Spring, and joined new frontiers at Mosaics of Mercy.