M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Coordinator
Assistant Professor (2010)
- Traumatic Stress
- Crisis Intervention, Critical Incident Stress Management, and Disaster Response
- Resilience and Spirituality
- Art Therapy and Projective Assessments
- First Responder Stress, Compassion Fatigue, and Burnout
- Violence (School, Workplace, Criminal)
“Christian leadership to change the world” typifies my mission to change the way the world perceives and responds to traumatic stress. As a native of Virginia Beach I am thrilled to be a part of Regent University, the School of Psychology and Counseling, and the Trauma Center. Unconditional positive regard, compassion, and love are characteristics I bring to Regent.
Following a brief period I lovingly call ‘the starving artist’ era (error), I began teaching elementary school art. The children's artwork led to my pursuit of a Master of Science degree in Art Therapy and eventually a Doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision. My clinical experience has been with several Community Service Boards, Norfolk Public Schools, juvenile corrections, and private practice. Through my clinical practice, I have observed practically every disorder in the DSM.
During my almost twenty years of clinical experience, I have found that trauma is virtually inescapable. How traumatic stress is resolved (or not) has the potential to significantly impact a person's life. I firmly believe that trauma is the root of all evil and most psychiatric problems. Trauma erodes relationships and the ultimate fallout is the loss of our relationship with God. “So justice is far from us, and righteousness does not reach us. We look for light, but all is darkness; for brightness, but we walk in deep shadows.” Isaiah 59:9.
Building knowledge without developing the spirit is fruitless, “. . . knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.” 1 Corinthians 8:1. Counselor education is a process of constructing knowledge and creating meaning from that knowledge. Fostering free thinking and developing a greater connection with the community are the foundation of my approach. Setting limits and providing structure, while encouraging and inspiring free thinking, creativity, and experimentation with concepts are my instructional style. Holistic learning (body, mind and spirit) is the method I employ to facilitate the meaning making process.
In the absence of faith we are anxious, in the absence of hope we are depressed and in the absence of love we are angry and empty. My life's scripture is “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love” 1 Corinthians 13:13. Love for God, family, and friends has truly been the keystone for everything else in my life. The little free time I have is generally spent with my family or friends, laughing in the water somewhere. <><