Hometown: Newport News, VA, but I am a North Carolina girl at heart.
Future Goal(s): I am looking forward to completing my PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology so that I can continue the ‘The Phoenix Project’ (a safe place where the hurting, the disenfranchised and the broken can find restoration). Additionally, I believe that recovery residences should be expanded globally so all in need can experience the recovery journey that Hope Homes provides.
Hobbies: Exploring new places to experience fantastic culture, cuisine and community with friends and family.
Experience: My career in counseling began by attending Logos University where I earned my certification in Pastoral Counseling. A decade of victory over addiction led me to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Liberty University and subsequently a Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling with a concentration in Addiction and Recovery. I have worked many years in the non-profit sector, dedicated to counseling individuals and families through grief, trauma, relational concerns, substance abuse, sexual addiction, and conflict resolution. I had the privilege of interning in Athens, Greece where I provided supportive counseling for traumatized victims of human trafficking. I am a dedicated encourager of lay, professional, and pastoral counselors. I believe in helping others through restorative practices; promoting transformation by doing things with others, rather than to them or for them.
Why I Work for Hope Homes: Having been in a similar place at one point in my life, I know first-hand the value of having structured assistance on the recovery journey. I believe in the Hope Homes model of helping others maintain and strengthen their recovery with the goal of becoming productive members of society. It is rewarding to encourage women as they develop life skills that enable them to go from where they are to where they have never been.
With Hope Homes since: 2017