Welcome to Calming Waters Counseling
I have worked in the social services system in the Lake Havasu City and Parker, Arizona, area over the last 18 years.
I graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in 1997 and remained in the Flagstaff area for a few more years after graduation. I worked with the Developmentally Disabled in a group/day treatment program before returning to Lake Havasu City. I began my social services career here as a juvenile probation officer and decided this was not the way I wanted to help people. I became employed by a local community mental health clinic working with the Seriously Mentally Ill population as a case manager. I discovered that this was the way I needed to help people. I had the opportunity to observe how the therapist’s roles were different than my role and enjoyed working closely with them. I decided that is where my path would lead. Shortly after making this decision, I became employed with the State of Arizona, working in the Vocational Rehabilitation program, specifically focusing on those with psychiatric illnesses. I began the Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling program through the University of Arizona. I earned my Master’s degree, graduating with honors and a 4.0 GPA, in 2009. I remained employed with Vocational Rehabilitation for an additional year.
Not to be stopped in my path, I set my sights on achieving Arizona licensure for counseling and earned my Licensed Associate Counselor licensure. I continued to work in the community mental health system in Parker and Lake Havasu City while collecting enough hours to apply for a Licensed Independent Counselor (LPC) license.
I have been able to obtain certification in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). I have held my LPC since 2015.
I use a trauma-informed care perspective in treatment, with the question being “what has happened to you?” rather than “what is wrong with you?”
If you are uncertain if counseling/therapy is the right choice, I offer a free 15-minute phone consultation to assist in this determination.