I have lived in Greenville since I was 10 years old. I took riding lessons in middle school. I wanted to have a horse until I was old enough to drive, but decided a car might be more practical😉. I graduated a year early from high school and went on to get a Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Studies at North Greenville University where I studied Spanish, Linguistics, and Christian Studies.
My parents were missionaries in Ecuador during my time in college. I spent all my summer and Christmas breaks there, becoming conversational in Spanish. Two years after I graduated, I moved to Bolivia where I served as a missionary for three years. While living in Santa Cruz, I served with a university ministry through a Biblical Counseling program, discipleship and the local church.
Upon returning to the States I decided to put my Spanish to good use, and worked for an interpretation and translation company as the Interpreter Coordinator and a Certified Healthcare Interpreter. In the Fall of 2016, I started thinking about returning to school to study counseling. I began my Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Colorado Christian University as part of an online cohort in March of 2017. During the final year of my masters program I interned at a child advocacy and sexual assault center providing trauma informed counseling for children and adults. During this time I received training in Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR), a therapy proven to decrease the symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
I started a new job in September of 2019 working with a local non-profit that fights human trafficking and sexual exploitation in the Upstate. I completed my masters in October of 2019, and received my license as a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in April of this year. I left my non-profit job in July to focus on counseling full-time. I’m being supervised by Robert C. Kimberly, MA, LPC-S, NBCC.
I’m excited to be back in the world of horses and working with a trauma population in a faith-based environment. I believe we have all experienced something traumatic in our lives but I also believe healing is possible.