I believe much of the work we do in the counseling profession deals with the past, present, and future. As a means to introduce myself, I thought I would tell you a little about my past, my present and my hope for our future.
I was born and raised in Starkville, MS. and I am proud to call Starkville home. In 1996 I graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. I worked in hospitals on critical care teams and in step-down units. I also spent time in a small, private clinic that provided a broad spectrum of perspectives and opportunities to deliver health care services.
Though I thoroughly enjoyed my nursing career and cherished the opportunities to help patients and families, I had always dreamed of counseling children and young adults. After much deliberation I returned to school at Mississippi State University. I received my Master’s in Counselor Education with an emphasis on Community Counseling in 2002.
I joined a small private practice, and soon opened my own counseling business. Being a business owner was challenging, but the work was fulfilling and worth every bit of the effort. My dream had finally come true! I was able to assist and support, guide and direct, and make a positive impact on parents and their children.
In 2004 my life suddenly, and forever changed when I too became a parent. On August first I gave birth to my first child, a son. Not long after his arrival I was faced with a decision. Should I attempt to juggle being a wife, mother, and professional, or should I focus on my family? Again, after much deliberation, I chose family. I closed the business and set aside my professional dream. This was a difficult, but wise decision. For the last fourteen years I have enjoyed the privilege of being a full-time homemaker. Like most things in life, there are good days and bad days, but on the whole, caring for my husband and now three children has been a blessing I would never change.
But as we all know, things DO change. Children grow up. Chapters close. And new doors open.
I am blessed and honored to join the Starkville Counseling Associates team. As I was able to dedicate myself to my family over the last several years, I am thrilled to re-dedicate myself to counseling children, young adults, and their families. I know firsthand how difficult it can be to take care of ourselves and our family at the same time we are forced to juggle a multitude of other life commitments. Sometimes we need a little help.
Counseling isn’t always about a severe mental illness or a major life altering event. Sometimes life simply takes us over, and we feel like we are being dragged down a bumpy, gravel road with no end in sight or control over the journey. Many times life just starts spinning a little too fast and we feel like we can’t catch up. Does this sound familiar? It does to me, and this is where I feel counseling can help. As a counselor, my roles and goals are to…
Past experiences bring us all to a present reality that must be dealt with. Effectively managing this process will ensure a bright future full of promise!