I feel that we help one another at home, work, and in the community by getting the help we need to become our best selves. This allows us to show up authentically in our relationships. So I thank you in advance for trusting me with your story. I work hard, am trustworthy, and genuinely care. I will do my best to help you explore your own needs and solutions through in-person or online sessions, whichever works best for you.
Though it is true that our experiences help form who we become, we do not have to be defined by what happens to us. During my adolescent years, I experienced the traumatic and adverse experience of sexual abuse. This experience interrupted my emotional development and I found myself in repeated harmful relationships for many years following, including a 10-year volatile marriage. I know from first-hand experience how to spot some of the tell-tell signs of people balancing dysfunctional relationships with the outside world. Once I was able to create and maintain healthy personal boundaries that kept me safe and self-respected, the process of recovery from trauma became easier. This path eventually lead me to complete a degree in clinical mental health counseling. Now my path is to help you and/or your family.
Work History and Experience:
Before starting my own counseling practice in the fall of 2019, I provided counseling services at The Next Door, Inc., a treatment program for women in recovering from addiction and crisis.
For the first twenty-five years of my career, I worked at Mountain T.O.P. Ministries and LEAMIS International Ministries. During this time, I facilitated short-term mission experiences in the South Cumberland Mountain region of Tennessee, Central America, East and West Africa, and in Myanmar (formerly Burma). My outreach has focused on the under-served, marginalized, and poverty-stricken populations. I currently serve on the Board of Directors and volunteer with Animal Harbor in Winchester Tennessee.
For six years I owned and operated Lorena’s Café and Catering which helps me understand the struggles of management and ownership of a small business.