About Me

I grew up in Alaska and have lived various places until moving to Nashville in 2008.  My husband and I have five adult children and a growing number of in-laws and grandchildren.  Our family is a focus of my life and we travel frequently since our children live in four other cities.

I am an outdoor lover, including hiking, gardening and traveling.  I also enjoy remodeling and updating homes, which my husband and I have done multiple times.

I graduated from Harding Graduate School of Religion in Memphis, Tennessee with my Master’s in Counseling.

I am a PhD candidate in Clinical Sexology, which means that I have completed my coursework and am currently writing my dissertation.    I am a Certified Clinical Sexologist (Sex Therapist) since I have completed the coursework.   I obtained my education through the International Institute for Clinical Sexology in Florida.

I trained extensively with Pia Mellody, a Senior Clinical Advisor of The Meadows, both in Pia’s family of origin trauma model (Survivors I & II) as well as couples boundary work.

I received certification as a sex addiction therapist (CSAT) from the International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals under the direction of Patrick Carnes, a pioneer in the field of sexual addiction recovery.

I am certified as an EMDR therapist as well as trained in a Somatic EMDR. My EMDR training is through EMDRIA, which was founded by Francine Shapiro.  My Somatic EMDR training is through Natural Processing by Craig Penner.