BA, Hope College, Psychology, 1998
MS, Alaska Pacific University, Counseling Psychology, 2003
PsyD, George Fox University, Clinical Psychology, 2010
I grew up in West Michigan scampering the dunes of Lake Michigan and venturing the twists and turns of the Pere Marquette River with a fly rod. Over the years, I developed a passion to work with people in meaningful ways and resonate with Calvin’s mission to be an extension of God’s peace in a broken world.
During my time in academia, I graduated from Hope College and went on to the George Fox School of Clinical Psychology. I worked closely with Dr. Mark McMinn, Ph.D., ABBP, one of the pioneers of Integrative Psychotherapy. I was awarded a grant from the Richter Scholars Foundation to research McMinn’s Sin Awareness Scale (SAS) and presented the findings at the Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality (Division 36) during the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association (APA). Other peer reviewed publications included co-authorship of Forgiveness and Prayer in the Journal of Psychology and Christianity in 2008.
Over the course of my career, I experienced many multidisciplinary settings, including school psychology, community mental health and the Veteran’s Administration. I was honored to work alongside many indigenous cultures of Alaska while serving the Chugach School District and Seaview Community Services in the Kenai Peninsula. I was humbled by native methods of healing that seemed to clash with western notions of health and wellness. As the Outdoor Leadership Director for Excel in Anchorage, I helped develop an experiential model for learning with Native Alaskan students across the state. Thereafter, I worked with Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services in Grand Rapids and built a thriving psychology practice. While with Pine Rest, I provided clinic supervision, was a member of the Faith Community Outreach, and was Chair of the Clinician Advisory Council. In 2016, I founded Headwaters Counseling and joined the Center for Counseling and Wellness at Calvin College. I am currently a fully licensed psychologist with the State of Michigan.
As a psychologist, I have developed a keen interest for the encounter between spirituality, faith and wellness. I specialize in an integrative paradigm, often embracing not only matters of cognition, affect and behavior, but also care for the soul.
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