I have a Master’s degree in Counseling and am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate. I have spent most my life in the world of athletics. I have played and coached at the collegiate level. I just closed out a 15-year college softball coaching career to focus on helping others both on and off the field.
In addition to coaching, I also spent the last 8 years as an administrator where my main focus was on counseling individuals through depression, performance anxiety, addiction, self-harm, life transition, and pain management. I was also part of the University crisis team and worked with college students experiencing trauma or other challenges that were negatively impacting their educational and personal goals. I have also presented on several topics for the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association and the Vancouver School District.
I have given seminars on topics including developing vocal leadership and coaching the new generation of student-athlete. I enjoy educating coaches on how to coach student-athletes to not just be skilled at their sport but also manage life and the demands of being an athlete. I have been fortunate to have great experiences in athletics, but have also had to endure major struggles. I overcame a series of significant injuries and still battle chronic pain.
Dealing with a chronic condition becomes a lifestyle. I have found that too many people feel there is no solution to their physical ailments, which causes them to fall into depression and hopelessness. I believe that regardless of the condition, with a balance of mental and physical therapy, it is possible to still live a happy and productive life.