Here's MY why:
I experienced extreme neglect, abuse, and long-term trauma as a child that crept well into sectors of my adult life. I grew up in and out of foster care from a home that was substantiated on for emotional and psychological abuse, among other 11 other case investigation findings. Beyond that, as those who have touched it know, foster care is always a life-changing experience!
Too long in my life I held onto the misconception that life was meant to be easy, and it limited my healing.
But now, from my professional and personal experience, I've learned that my desire to earn an easy life is a lie I lived in too long. The real truth is that inevitably life is tough, but so am I. The same is true for you.
Now, I have a mission to not let my story or anyone else's end in darkness but rather find hope through the challenges we have faced.
I believe in finding hope!
Everyone Has a Story
My childhood bedroom.
I am a successful survivor of childhood abuse and neglect.
I am a walking testimony of physical, emotional, and spiritual healing and hope.
I am one of an estimated 12 million former foster kids in the US.
I am one of the tens of thousands of foster and adoptive parents.
I am a licensed master social worker with over 15 years of experience working with youth and families.
I am Christan woman of faith in a great GOD.
I have worked in education (k-12), foster care, mental health and now have a private practice.
I learned the importance of sharing my story from a different light.
I aim to give voice to the broken, traumatized, hurt.
I see value and dignity in all people.
I am the believer of better.
I am a survivor of head injury trauma.
I believe in the power of little moments that spread hope in the lives of others.
My passion is to touch the lives of children. My favorite avenue to do so is by supporting, inspiring and healing the adults that influence them daily!
My Professional Story:
My experience is in child protective/foster care services, education and mental health services. As an educator and an advocate for promoting change for and value within people, I work to inspire and motivate others to grasp their own form of hope.
I have a passion to speak life and hope into lives of those hurting. Thus, I love being a motivational speaker and trainer.
I am expert in topics relating to trauma, self-care, mental health, & relational communication.
I provide therapeutic services through my private practice clinic.
I am author of the nationally published book:
Finding Hope: The 12 Keys to Healing Hardship, Hurt, and Sorrow.
I work as a school based social worker. I am also a Trust Based Relational Intervention Practitioner and a certified Accelerated Resolution Therapist.
I have been married to my high school sweetheart, Mike for over 15 years. We have two amazing kids and are active foster/adoptive parents. We reside in the great, central state of Kansas with a love of Christ, family, pets, and beautiful sunsets.
Exciting, engaging, & educational resources for presentation and speaking endeavors.
Abundant experience as a main speaker, breakout, & consultant.
Ongoing knowledge & tools to meet needs of the audience.
In realms of child welfare, self-care, mental health, trauma parenting, suicidality, spirituality, retention and more, I hope to be a prime contact for presentations that leave an impact and bring hope!
Educators, Students, Teens, College Students, Non-profit Workers, Child Welfare Workers, Mental Health Providers, Churches, Foster Parents, Adoptive Parents, Law Enforcement, etc
Finding Hope: My Story of Resilience
Finding Hope in Challenges
The Positive Outlook of Failure
Faith in Failure
Virtual & In Person
My goal is always to embraces warmth and engagement with the foundational focus on self-worth and value. I focus on giving dignity to the clients I serve.
My prime areas of focus with youth and adults relating to trauma, communication, parent-child/parenting, anxiety, grief, and depression. I love working within these topics, and any closely related areas, that intertwine the need of healthy relationships.
I am a strong believer of healing from the inside-out and see the relationships and experiences of a person as a core element.
I am a
Trust Based Relational Intervention Practitioner
Certified Accelerate Resolution Therapy
Owner of private clinic: "Finding Hope."
Group & Individual
I love supporting people and groups in their own level of growth and well-being.
I am certified in many specific trainings and relational areas that are needed at clinics, education sectors, human service providers, and faith-based affiliations.
I am also a nationally published author through Hatherleigh Press of the self-help book "Finding Hope: The 12 Keys to Healing Hardship, Hurt, and Sorrow."
I love to speak in and work with Christian churches and groups, youth events, adult events and trainings, educational sectors, and so much more. As foster parent, social worker, and educator my love is finding ways to identify strength-based growth by giving voice to needs of groups and people.
My mission is to bring hope to all within my influence through insight, inspiration, and impact.