I obtained my Masters degree in Community Counseling in 1995 from the University of Central Arkansas. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), a National Board Certified Counselor (NCC), a Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS) and a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC). I hold specialization licenses in Pastoral Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling LAC Supervision, and Technology Assisted Counseling and Supervision. Therefore, I can provide counseling through internet video, email, and telephone. Prior to any online, internet counseling a face to face session will be scheduled.

In 1997, I started Daily Bread Counseling as an outreach ministry at First United Methodist Church, Bryant.  I have worked in a wide variety of settings, including community mental health centers, churches, hospitals, outpatient and inpatient facilities, and a neurorestorative (brain injury) rehabilitation center. I hold certifications as a Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Relief Worker and in Critical Incident Stress Management. I work well with people who have difficulties within their relationship, with survivors and their relationships with a brain injury, with individuals and their relationships with a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis, with individuals who are bereaved, depressed, and with issues related to general stress, anxiety and depression.

I have been trained in traditional counseling theories and practice from the theory of Alfred Adler. Adlerian Theory believes that everyone is searching for their place to fit in society. The focus should be on the here and now and not in the past or in the future. Adler’s view is that we are all interconnected with all living beings and their natural need toward cooperation serves as a strong theory when working with couples and families. Adler’s concept of the style of life, where one central theme is reflected in every expression and acts as a guide for the way we view life. Adler believed in the fundamental creative power of individuals and their freedom to choose and change their direction in life.

I am a Ordained Deacon within the Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church. I  have received endorsement from the General Board of Higher Education & Ministry, Division of the Board of Ordained Ministry of The United Methodist Church as a Pastoral Counselor. Therefore, I practice from a Christ-Centered perspective. I believe that for true healing to occur the Holy Spirit must be present. I believe along with traditional counseling practices the use of prayer, Scripture, and Biblical insights are most important. I practice from a Biblical perspective and therefore will not counsel from any denominational belief.

 

I have gained valuable experience working at the following agencies and hospitals:

  • Timber Ridge Ranch Neurorehabilitation Center, Benton
  • Florence Crittenton Services, Inc., Little Rock
  • Living Hope Institute, Little Rock
  • Baptist Health, Behavioral Health Services/RAPHA Program, Little Rock
  • RAPHA Charter Hospital, Maumelle
  • Cornerstone Health Hospital
    • Saline Memorial Hospital, Benton
    • Rebsaman Regional Medical, Jacksonville
  • Psychiatric Associates of Arkansas, Little Rock

I was licensed as a Local Pastor in the United Methodist Church, Arkansas Conference in 1984 and Ordained as Deacon in 2014 and I have served by appointment of the Bishop at the following:

  • Daily Bread Counseling
  • First United Methodist Church, Benton
  • First United Methodist Church, Bryant
  • Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church, Benton
  • GriefCare
  • DivorceCare
  • DC4K (DivorceCare for Kids)
  • Marriage for a Lifetime/Smalley Group
  • Relationship Matters – National Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • Everyday Matters: Living Your Best Life with MS
  • Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling, December 1, 2007 to May, 13, 2011
  • Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling, December 1, 2001 to February 22, 2003
  • Arkansas Mental Health Counselors Association (ArMHCA), Past-President, 2000-01, 2005-06
  • Arkansas Mental Health Counselors Association (ArMHCA), Life Time Member
  • American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA), member
  • Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM), Certified, Since May 2003
  • National Board Certified Counselor, NCC #53574
  • Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor, NCCMHC #53574
  • American Academy for the Certification of Brain Injury Specialist, CBIS #2502
  • American Academy for the Certification of Brain Injury Board Member, October 2007
  • People to People Ambassador to China, Mental Health Delegation, October 2004

American Mental Health Counselor of the Year – 2000

Arkansas Mental Health Counselors Association (ArMHCA)

  • Licensed Associate Counselor of the Year – 1997
  • ArMHCA Member of the Year – 2000
  • ArMHCA Lifetime Achievement Award – 2011

Little Rock Conference of the United Methodist Church,

  • Little Rock District, Outstanding Service Award, Town & Country Pastor – 1986
  • Pastoral Counselor – General Board of Higher Education & Ministry, Division of Ordained Ministry of the United Methodist Church
  • Specialization License in Supervision of LAC’s
  • Specialization License in Pastoral Counselor
  • Specialization License in Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor
  • Specialization License in Technology Assisted Counseling and Supervision
  • M.S., Psychology, Community Counseling, UCA, Conway, Arkansas, December 1995
  • B.A., Psychology, UALR, Little Rock, Arkansas, August 1977
  • B.A., Criminal Justice, UALR, Little Rock, Arkansas, August 1977
  • A.A., Law Enforcement, UALR, Little Rock, Arkansas, December 1976
  • Memphis Theological Seminary
  • Asbury Theological Seminary