Nerdy Street Cred: AKA: My Professional Credentials 

Licensed and nationally board-certified Acupuncture Physician, with a Bachelors in Health Science and Master's Degree in Oriental Medicine, specializing in Chinese Medical Mental Health.

Ph.D. in Clinical Christian Counseling with advanced certifications in temperament-based Marriage and Family Therapy.

Achology-certified Life Coach, trained in advanced cognitive behavioral therapy and neurolinguistic programming. 

Continuing education in Psychology, The Science of Well Being, and Addiction at Yale University.

Continuing education in Psychological First Aid and Major Depression and Public Health at Johns Hopkins University.

B.F.A. from The School of Visual Arts with a double major in Advertising and Graphic Design.

Nope. A holistic approach is not "new age." 

Holistic is defined the "treatment of the whole person," which takes into account mental and social factors, rather than just symptoms. As a holistic health care provider and biblical pastoral counselor I work by helping to identify the ROOT of mental or physical challenges, which means we are going look at all parts of you or your daughter's life.

Balancing our mental, physical, and spiritual life* can help us learn, grow, begin to heal, and ultimately flourish. 

I combine professional & advanced degrees in Traditional Chinese Medicine,Temperament-Based Pastoral Counseling, & Massage Therapy to provide holistic wellness care you won't find anywhere else.

I created This Is Not What I Signed Up For, LLC, because I understand that no one wants to struggle with anxiety, depression, or other mental or physical illnesses. I provide compassionate, well-rounded care that can enable you, your daughter, or your family to thrive. *See Statement of faith in footer.

 Isn't it about time for help that actually helps? 

If you've found your way here you've probably already gotten your fair share of opinions but maybe not as much help as you'd hoped. There's also a lot of people out there calling themselves "influencers" these days, grabbing for your kid's attention. You get to decide who you listen to, but as your kids get older, who they listen to gets harder to navigate, even if you are tech savvy and super involved.

As a professional, I want to help. As a parent, I commiserate. As a human, I just want a nap.

Helping others achieve better mental, physical, and spiritual health is what gets my booty out of bed. (Also the noisy humans I made.) I created “This Is Not What I Signed Up For” for anyone ready to kick judgment and toxic positivity to the curb as get on with some serious ch-ch-ch-ch-changes for yourself, your daughter, or your whole family. 

So what in the H-E-double hockey sticks makes me qualified to do this? That's your call. I’ve done my best to educate myself in a way that provides a holistic yet balanced perspective. I have copious amounts of formal and continuing education.

I believe people and families thrive when the mind, body, and soul are given equal importance when it comes to health care. 

As a specialist in women's health, I love working with women of all ages, mothers, and their daughters. However, EVERYONE is welcome in my clinic. I also work with families to communicate and understand one another more effectively.

My professional experience has shown that women need support, and encouragement, so they can feel empowered to prioritize and advocate for their health. Ladies, stop putting yourself last!

Increasingly alarming statistics have made it clear that access to resources and care for chronic anxiety, depression, and other physical and mental health issues is needed more than ever. Sometimes modern health care falls short, and that's when complementary, holistic care shines!

In my practice, I combine the power of faith and science-based techniques to partner with you to achieve the self-love, clarity, and healing that can help you live your best life. Are you ready to see the power of wellness care that combines physical, mental, and spiritual wellness? Let's work together, and you'll watch yourself thrive!

 A Short Personal Testimonial... 

My life has been a long road of unexpected life and career changes.

I have two daughters. I was told for years by my doctors told me my body wasn’t capable of having children, so you better believe I have a heart for raising my “miracle” girls to become strong women. Mental health struggles have touched my life in every way imaginable. I’ve witnessed triumph and tragedy. I’ve seen faith and science working together to change hearts, minds, and lives, including my own.

You have your own story, so I’m here to give you the help you need and the support and understanding you deserve.

So ladies, gentlemen, and fellow humans, I invite you to bring your thrice reheated coffee, the stretchy pants you never wear to yoga (Because, seriously, who has the time?), a messy hair bun, and join me in this safe space.

Remember, self care is not a luxury.