Professional Disclosure Statement

Thank you for your interest in exploring the opportunities that counseling has to offer. Life is full of joys and disappointments, successes and setbacks. Most of life’s inherent ups and downs can be managed personally, with family or friends, or with the assistance of churches, schools, or other supportive institutions. Other times, however, individuals and families have found it helpful – even necessary – to seek the assistance of trained and experienced professionals. While the extent and nature of my interventions may vary, I strongly believe that all people possess the personal strength and the means to improve their own lives if provided with the necessary guidance and support.

As a professional counselor, I consider it my calling and my duty to assist individuals, couples, and families in finding or regaining the tools necessary to function independently again. I believe that our behavior, emotions, and thoughts are all intertwined, but that we are largely guided by our perceptions of ourselves, others, and our world. I also believe in a holistic approach to growth and healing that takes into consideration our relationships, social and cultural issues, our physical state, and our faith and spirituality. My faith provides a foundation for my life and for the work I do, and I welcome the exploration of one’s spiritual journey as a component of the counseling process.

Since individuals and their problems are unique and diverse, the interventions and approaches designed to address them should be equally so. My practice is based largely on traditional “talk therapy”, but employs a broad range of additional techniques including homework assignments, group work, suggested readings, activities, and identifying ways to expand your own support network. My work with children, in particular, is largely experiential. While I specialize in family systems and relationship work, I also work with many individual adults, adolescents, and children on a broad variety of issues. Your unique situation will be explored during a standard intake assessment and I will be happy to make a referral should we both agree that it is in your best interest.

All appointments will be arranged directly between client and counselor, or with the assistance of the support staff at the Fountain Hill Center, and are typically scheduled for fifty minutes once each week, but may vary as needed. Appointments are to be respected and kept and will be charged to the client unless notice is given more than twenty-four hours prior to their scheduled time. Payments are fixed and must be made in full at the time of service. My standard rate for service is $100 per hour session. I am able to adjust that rate for those who require or desire services, but cannot afford the full rate. If this is necessary, a new rate will be discussed and determined during the intake session. I do not bill insurance companies, Medicaid, or other third parties, but am happy to provide a receipt of service or otherwise seek to assist you in should you seek reimbursement independently.

I have earned a Bachelor’s Degree (BA) in Psychology from Hope College in Holland, Michigan and a Master’s Degree (MA) in Counseling Psychology and Community Counseling from Western Michigan University. I am a Limited Licensed Professional Counselor (LLPC) in the State of Michigan and am a Board Eligible Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) with the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC). My graduate studies included an emphasis in Marriage and Family Counseling and I also fulfilled the requirements necessary to become a Limited License Psychologist. My coursework included studies in: Professional Issues and Ethics, Group Dynamics, Career Counseling, Psychopathology, Intellectual Assessments, Personality Assessments, Family Lifespan Development, Systemic Family Therapy, Couple Interaction and Therapy, and Family Interaction and Therapy.

I have worked in a broad range of settings and in various different roles. My most extensive “field experience” has been in the areas of child welfare and maltreatment, trauma, child development, parenting, and in working with non-biological families. My counseling experience is largely focused on relationships in a couple, family, or individual setting, and on issues of trauma, depression, anxiety, life purpose, identity and spirituality. I have conducted counseling with individuals, couples, families and in groups, and across a wide range of settings. I am also pleased to have worked with many different people; diverse in terms of their age, gender, race, ethnicity, income level, family composition, religious beliefs, and background. I embrace the uniqueness of each individual and will not refuse my services for any of these reasons.

Your confidentiality is of utmost importance to me and is vital to the counseling process. I will carefully safeguard any information you provide to me or that I collect or produce on your behalf. All information provided within the context of counseling, including the intake process, whether verbal, written, or otherwise recorded, will remain locked and isolated and will not be shared with anyone without your written consent. Exceptions to confidentiality are limited exclusively to the following: for purposes of supervision or peer consultation; in cases of imminent harm to the client or others; when information pertains to the abuse or neglect of a child, elderly person, or otherwise vulnerable person; or under court order.

Should you, for any reason, find yourself dissatisfied with the counseling process, I ask that you bring this to my attention immediately. Your concerns will be handled seriously and, ideally, within the counseling relationship. Any dispute or complaint that cannot be resolved may be addressed to the following:

Michigan Department of Community Health
Complaint and Allegation Division
PO Box 30670
Lansing, MI 48909
(517) 373 – 9196