I am grateful for the diverse experiences that shaped my desire to advocate for persons of all ages and walks of life. I grew up in the Philippines as a “third culture kid,” then lived in Ohio for fifteen years before finding a home in Tennessee. Prior to realizing my calling as a therapist, I enjoyed working alongside my husband in our family businesses as a graphic designer, editor, and chief bean counter. We’ve been married for 25 years and have two spectacular daughters who were adopted from China. Away from the office I enjoy coffee conversations, white sandy beach walks, painting, cooking, and reading on the screen porch while the squirrels do gymnastics on our bird feeders.
In Wishful Thinking, Frederick Buechner wrote that the Work we are called to is the place where our deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet. He eloquently describes exactly why I decided to become a therapist – realizing my greatest joy in life was offering empathy, insight, support, and practical tools so others could find hope and experience positive change. There is sheer wonder in watching a client’s eyes light up in a profound “aha” moment or being present when partners turn towards each other with new awareness and emotional connection. I am so fortunate to have a vocation doing work that I love.
My areas of clinical focus include anxiety, attachment issues, career counseling, couples therapy, depression, family conflict and divorce adjustment, grief and loss, life transitions, parenting, premarital counseling, relationship issues, religious trauma, self-esteem, sexual identity, spirituality, and women’s issues. I see clients by appointment in my Franklin, TN office, conveniently located near Brentwood and Cool Springs.