Stronghold Counseling Services, Inc.


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I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as one of the founders at Stronghold Counseling Services, Inc. as of January 1994. I am a transplant to Siouxland, as I am originally from Denver, Colorado, but found my way here by way of central Kansas.

I received my bachelor's degree in Art and Education in 1983 from Sterling College in Sterling, Kansas. I moved on from there to receive my master's degree in counseling from North American Baptist Seminary here in Sioux Falls, South Dakota in 1985. Immediately following the completion of my master's program, I applied and entered the doctoral program at the University of South Dakota at Vermillion, completing my doctorate in counselor education with an emphasis in family therapy in 1992.

I am a Licensed as Psychologist, Marriage and Family Therapist and Professional Counselor in the state of South Dakota. I am a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and I have been an AAMFT Approved Supervisor since 2001. I have been trained in Adlerian Individual Psychology throughout both my master's and doctoral studies. This approach is very helpful when examining the impact of family life on life style decisions. I am also trained as a Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor, Level III and since 1985 have worked extensively with adolescents and adults who are dealing with chemical dependency issues. I am also a Master Life Space Crisis Intervention trainer and a Senior Response Ability Pathways trainer.

I am capable of providing family, group, couples, individual and play therapy services. I have been trained to assist people in addressing the following issues: Chemical dependency and codependent family living, abuse issues, marriage issues, parent/child and parent/teen conflicts, disordered eating issues, spiritual abuse issues and offer clinical supervision and program management.

2 Corinthians 1:3 "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God."

As stated above, graceful living is the organizing theme of my practice. I believe God enables me to assist others in the enterprise of living, we need to learn how to honestly and mercifully confront the problems of life in a manner that minimizes avoidance, defensiveness and maximizes responsible relating and problem solving.

I am also available for community outreach services, seminars, public information and education services. Hope can be restored through experiencing God's grace, love and mercy.