At Path of Hope, my focus is on you. I offer a friendly, non-judgmental, and safe place to share your concerns. I am very interested in helping you overcome obstacles and attain to the full potential of your life and your relationships. In counseling you have an opportunity to look at the different areas of your life and how you can capitalize on growth opportunities and strengths. In couples counseling I use proven approaches, such as the Gottman method and Restoration Therapy. Minds and hearts can change, and even deeply ingrained patterns can be transformed. There is hope!
As a licensed professional counselor (LPC), a member of American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) and American Counseling Association (ACA) I serve the Owasso/Collinsville and Tulsa areas through counseling. I hold a Master of Psychology degree from Southern Nazarene University and majored in Marriage and Family Therapy. I am a certified EMDR therapist (EMDRIA.org) and utilize EMDR on a regular basis with my clients. Previously, I completed additional coursework in Christian Leadership (William Jessup University, Rocklin, CA) and way back I studied Music at the University of Oslo, Norway. I spent two years as a therapist working with women at an inpatient substance abuse center. I started Path of Hope Counseling in March of 2016 in Owasso, Oklahoma and offer individual and couples counseling. I am the founder and co-leader of Women in Community, a ministry dedicated to connect, educate, and equip women in various areas of leadership. I am an author, and my book Enjoying the Journey of Transformation was released in 2019. I have a coaching program, The Equipped Lay Counselor, that helps dedicated Christian believers become effective mental health coaches. Most of my adult life has been spent in various settings of helping people move forward in their lives, including pastoral ministry, national and international speaking engagements, Bible College instructor, directing a School of Worship program at Victory Bible College, and many years as a music director.
I was born and raised in Norway and came to the US to attend Bible College. I soon developed a passion to help people experience lasting transformation. I find that many concepts within counseling lines up with biblical principles and insight that I have lived and taught for years.
My approach is systemic, meaning that I look at the context of family of origin, present family relationships, early attachment patterns and how this relates to the issues at hand. I appreciate the science of restructuring the brain (neuro-plasticity), which simply means that the brain’s anatomy and physiology can be changed. This brings much hope, especially since there is a proven method (path) to get there!
I enjoy both couples and individual therapy. In counseling individuals I have seen great results in clients who struggle with depression, anxiety, PTSD, grief, spiritual issues, and past trauma.