My Story

Once upon a time, there was a funny, smart, joyful woman, pretty well established in her life.  Every day, she would do the things she thought she was supposed to do; things like working hard, taking care of others, playing nice. 

 

One day, she also found herself stuck, and in patterns of people-pleasing, poor boundaries, stifled communication, and little connection to herself or others. Because of that, life began to feel lifeless. Colorless. Less joy, than more.  Because of that, she found herself “in crisis”. The fabled kind of the “midlife”. Until one day, she got help. And more help. And she began to embrace her authenticity, and learned the art of self-compassion. She did research and got more insight, education and support and practiced skills of vulnerability, communication, and resilience. Until finally, she began to feel her values coming back into alignment, that of freedom and joy. Color and possibilities and excitement for life returned.

 

And now, she devotes her work to helping others in that old spot, helping them reconnect to their values. She delights in helping others get reconnected to themselves, so they can connect to others, and their own life again.

THAT'S ME

If this is you too, I’d love to help you find your way. Not back, but forward.

MY CREDENTIALS

  • Licensed Professional Counselor and Supervisor

  • Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator
    (programming based on research of Brene Brown).

  • Certified in Temperament Therapy

  • Certified in Prepare-Enrich for pre-marital counseling

  • Member of the Louisiana Counselor Association

  • Bachelors from University of Southwestern Louisiana. Masters from University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Same school. Different names.

Counseling is my second career.  I was drawn to it after Hurricane Katrina, when I lost my restaurant job after working 20 years in that industry. 

I realized it is never too late to make a new goal or take a new risk to build the life you want!

QUESTIONS?

MORE ABOUT ME:

I’m a New Orleans lady living in Lafayette, LA, wife, theatre geek, chocoholic, and mother to cats.

Address

850 KALISTE SALOOM RD, STE 121

(ORLEANS PLACE, TOULOUSE BUILDING)

LAFAYETTE, LA 70508

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