I have been married to Neil since 1997. We have enjoyed growing together and deepening our relationship over the years. We have one wonderful son, Michael, who graduated from Campbell University. He has always kept us on our toes and loves life!
I have always enjoyed helping and serving. When I was a young child, my grandmother became ill and I became her personal nurse. She gave me a special outfit that she called my “nursing outfit”. I guess that kind of stuck because I became a Registered Nurse in 2000 and worked in a few different settings. I received a MSN from Duke University in 2003 and became board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Most of my career as a Nurse Practitioner has been in public health. I enjoy getting to know people and dig a little deeper with them about their needs.
Several years ago, I joined a small group of ladies and we went through a group coaching curriculum. Through that, God showed me several ways I had been hiding. By hiding, I mean avoiding past shame and guilt and instead wearing a smile and always saying I was just fine. I didn’t want to talk about things and I avoided emotion at all cost. After the group sessions were completed, I had one-on-one sessions with the life coach and together we developed a plan for different goals I had and different places where I felt stuck. When my son moved out for college, I used some of my new free time to get educated and experienced in coaching and temperament analysis. Coaching was a way I felt I could also use my passion for helping, serving and relating with others. I am now a Board Certified Coach and a Certified Temperament Counselor
One area of coaching that I really love is centered around wellness. There are so many things that make up the term wellness, and that is one of my favorite things about it. It is not all cut and dry. It is all personal and unique because we are unique. I love meeting people where they are at and walking with them toward this freedom they are seeking whether it be through learning about food, exercise, relationship, etc.
I have been blessed with a fantastic wife and son. Melissa and I have been married since 1997. Our son, Michael, has graduated from college and is venturing out into what lies beyond that milestone in his life.
I am a follower of Christ who enjoys developing authentic, helping relationships with others. Exploring, experiencing, and sharing God’s Grace is a central part of what I do. I love offering a safe place to help others discover and learn how to practically act on faith in order to experience the true freedom God provides us in Christ. I have been blessed to experience God working through my time with others to heal and grow them, as well as me.
I received my MBA from Campbell University in 2002. After working several years as an accountant, I realized a desire to minister to people as a counselor. This became clear to me after a difficult time in which I struggled with anxiety, panic attacks, and depression. During that period of my life, I learned invaluable lessons about God’s love for me and what trusting Him really looked like. After a taste of freedom, I wanted to share His Grace with others. I left my position in accounting and began serving as an Interim Youth Minister in 2007. I also began pursuing a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. I eventually transitioned to a full-time Christian Counselor and completed my degree.
While serving full-time as a Biblical Counselor from 2008-2013, I earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Christian Counseling from Cornerstone University and was ordained as a Minister of Pastoral Care. I became a Certified Temperament Counselor and Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor under the authority of the National Christian Counselors Association (NCCA). I am also a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC).
I took some time off from full-time counseling in 2013 for a number of reasons, including the desire to be closer to home as my son was in high school and participating in events I wanted to experience with him. During that time, I was privileged to be able to do several things I wanted to do, such as publishing part of my story in a book about anxiety and panic attacks, speaking to small groups, and counseling a limited number of clients.
I am excited that God has now opened doors for me to be able to serve Him and others through S.A.F.E. Counseling and Coaching, a ministry started by Melissa and myself.