I grew up in a Methodist family on a farm in western Iowa, attended
Christian colleges and graduated from University of Northern Iowa. My first career was teaching home economics and art in
the Christian Reform High School in Pella, Iowa. While traveling in Europe I met Youth With A Mission (YWAM), preparing for
the Munich Olympics and experienced a Spiritual Awakening.
The following fall, I moved to Santa Rosa and attended Genesis
School of Discipleship for two years. In 1974 I was asked to create a new pre-school for Christian Life Center with a spiritual
curriculum that integrated academics and parenting ministry. Two years later I was invited to help develop pre-schools for
YWAM in Hawaii and Los Angeles where the emphasis again lead to family counseling. I began to see God's calling to be totally
prepared as a Christian counselor, so I enrolled in Azusa Pacific University's Christian Masters in Counseling.
the middle of my 2-year Master's program, Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) came to Sonoma County with both ACA and 12-Step
meetings and a lecture series at the Orenda Alcoholic Recovery Center. The healing process was important for me, as I identified
myself as an adult daughter of an alcoholic father (business man-farmer).
In my recovery process I became very aware that the Christian
population was in deep need of the spiritual/emotional healing process that 12-Step program offers to those coming out of
an array of dysfunctional homes. A "dysfunctional" home or family is one where the emotional attention needed for the child's
developmental process is given elsewhere. Dysfunctions include: alcoholic, drugs (including prescriptions), workaholic,
legalistic-religious, gambling, incest/molestation, rage,
abuse/neglect, etc. Unfortunately, Christians sometimes feel
the deep pain and suffering can be resolved with salvation. However, this unresolved pain sometimes continues to reveal itself
weeks, months or years later. Without emotional healing, I don't believe a Christian is able to receive all of God's unconditional
love. There is the tendency to transfer the conditional love we often experience from our earthly parents onto God. The
12 Steps are Spiritual Living Skills. They give us the tools
for a hands-on relationship with God, ourselves and others.
Christian counseling, combined with recovery, has a strong focus on healing our pain so that we can become the whole people
God originally created us to be.
I Thessalonians 5:23 ...may the God of peace Himself
sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord
I integrate Biblical principles, including prayer, God's Word
and His ways, into the treatment process, along with a good understanding of all denominational backgrounds and affects of
In addition to the aforementioned addictions, co dependency, adult-child issues, I counsel those in crisis,
trauma, suffering grief and loss (death, divorce), marital and parenting issues and spiritual growth. I work with individuals,
kids, teens and/or whole families and am on many insurance plans. A sliding fee scale is available for those in need.