Each one of us here today will at one time in our lives look upon a love one who is in need and ask the same question: We are willing to help, Lord, but what, if anything is needed? For it is true we can seldom help those closest to us. Either we don’t know what part of ourselves to give or, more often than note, the part we have to give is not wanted. And so it is those we live with and should know who elude us. But we can still love them - we can love completely without complete understanding.
— Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It and Other Stories
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It is a privilege and an honor to work with those hurting and needing help to heal their wounds.  A therapist must maintain integrity and confidentiality in developing a counseling relationship based on trust and honesty, as well as ethical boundaries.  Once a therapeutic bond is established, counseling work proceeds with you directing the outcome and pace of the counseling sessions. The following special areas have been the most beneficial in working with my clients:

MARRIAGE
FAMILY
iNDIVIDUAL
RELATIONSHIPS
SUBSTANCE ABUSE
SEXUAL ABUSE
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
GRIEF
DEPRESSION
aNXIETY
ANGER MANAGEMENT
COPING SKILLS
TRAUMA
PARENTING
NARCISSISM

As an individual, family, and marriage therapist, I work in both individual and group formats with children over 5 years old, teens, and adults.

I hold relationship support and grief support groups, open to the pubic, on a monthly basis.  These informal, group-led discussions provide an opportunity to meet people experiencing similar situations and to gain insight in a venue safe to express emotions, where confidentiality is honored.

In addition, I lead a closed Sexual Assault Overcomers group on a weekly basis. Admission to the group must include an interview with me and the material is Christian-based.

I hope to be of service to you on your journey to live your fullest life.


Appointments & Communication

Sessions are scheduled directly with me and are 60 minutes, with availability seven days per week.  I can be reached by phone, text, email, or Facebook Messenger.  I check phone messages frequently throughout the day and will return your call as soon as possible.

To prepare for your appointment, please download, complete, and bring with you to the first appointment the PDF forms below.  If you do not have access to a printer, we will fill out the forms in the first session.

At the Church of the Epiphany in South Haven, please park closest to the Superior Street exit, and enter through the double doors.  My office is at the end of the first hallway on the left.  If my door is closed and the noise machine is on, please have a seat, and I will greet you as soon as possible.


Cancellations

Notice of your appointment cancellation must be made 24 hours before your appointment.  A fee of $50 will be charged for late cancellations and missed appointments.  Exceptions include dangerous weather conditions, serious illness or accident, or family emergency.


Fees

I ask you to set your own hourly fee – you pay what you can honestly afford.  I want you to receive the therapeutic help you need and do not want money to be a barrier.  Whatever you pay makes no difference in the amount of time I spend with you or the quality of care you receive.  Payment for service is due at the beginning of each session.  I accept either check or cash - no credit cards.  Please complete any check preparation before your appointment.  I do not make change, so you will need to have the exact amount ready.  If you make a payment, you will be given a receipt.


Insurance & Taxes

I do not accept health insurance payments, and I am not on any insurance provider boards. Therapy fees are a tax deductible medical expense if you qualify for the deduction - check with your tax preparer for details of qualification.


Confidentiality

I preserve the confidentiality of all clients.  I ask you do the same by not disclosing the identity of any client seen at the office location or information acquired through contact with other clients.  Integrity and confidentiality are mandatory in creating an atmosphere of safety to discuss issues which may be difficult.  I strive to establish a foundation of trust and honesty upon which we can work as a team to recover wounded parts and heal broken souls.

If I am made aware of adult or child abuse/neglect, I am required by law to report the situation.  I do not have to have proof - suspicion alone requires a report to Adult/Child Protective Services.  In addition, if I think you are going to harm yourself or someone else, I may break confidentiality to protect you or another individual, according to Michigan and North Carolina law.

I may not release any information about a client, including acknowledging whether one is or is not a client, unless I have a signed Consent for Release of Information form.


If you are a new client, I encourage you to print, complete this set of forms, and bring them with you to your first appointment.