“Grief is like the ocean; it comes on waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim.” -Vicki Harrison
I have learned that grief is not something to “get over.” Rather, it is about adapting to the loss and navigating life afterwards. One can also experience grief when a loss is not death related such as divorce or separation, financial loss, estrangement, and life-changing illness or injury. Those that are grieving have a story to tell and I would be honored to hear your story.
I have been in the field of education since 2001 and am currently a High School Principal in a neighboring county. Since 2014, I have served on the Student Assistance Team (SAP). SAP is designed to assist in identifying issues including alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, and mental health issues which pose a barrier to a student’s success. The main goal of SAP is to help students overcome these barriers so that they may achieve, advance, and remain in school.
I am a master’s level therapist working towards licensure. I graduated from Messiah University in December of 2023 with a master’s in clinical Mental Health Counseling and passed the National Counselor Examination in May of 2022. My experience comes from practicum and internship hours working with clients ranging from 6 to 65 years of age in an outpatient setting and working with families in a family-based setting, as well as working with teens in crisis in an educational setting. Life has also provided me with experience in the areas of intimate partner violence, alcohol use disorder, and the sleep disorder called narcolepsy. I am also the wife of a first responder and understand what goes along with the job.
My goal is to provide a safe space for you to tell your story so that you can process, understand, gain awareness, and build coping skills so that you can heal and grow.