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 an 11-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 led me to complete a degree in clinical mental health counseling. Now my path and purpose is to help you and/or your family.
Work History and Experience:
My first career included my work for Mountain T.O.P. Ministries as the Director of Adults In Ministry from 1990 - 2004. I co-founded LEAMIS International Ministries from 2000 - 2010. Through my work with both ministries, I developed ministry outreach programs, funding programs, and facilitated short-term mission experiences. The main area I served was the South Cumberland Mountain region of Tennessee. I have also served in Central America, East and West Africa, and Myanmar (formerly Burma). My whole life has been focused on helping the underserved, marginalized, and poverty-stricken populations.
I owned and operated Lorena's Cafe and Catering from 2006 - 2012.
I worked for Animal Harbor from 2012 - 2105 leading the capital fund campaign for the shelter facility from which they currently operate.
After I received my Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2018 and before starting my own counseling practice in the fall of 2019, I provided counseling services at The Next Door, Inc., a treatment program in Nashville Tennessee for women recovering from addiction, crisis, and the effects of trauma.
I currently live in Winchester Tennessee. I am the sole proprietor of Castle Counseling Center and serve on the Board of Directors and volunteer with Animal Harbor.