Just like you, I’ve had my share of ups and downs in life. These experiences, and the fact that I’ve been on the other side of the proverbial “couch,” make me better able to empathize with some of the things you’re experiencing. And I’m here to say that in spite of your disconcerting issues, it is possible, with coaching or counseling, to reach your goals and arrive at a place where you experience greater inner peace. Experiencing it made me a believer--that’s why I’m so passionate about helping others find their inner peace!
I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (Ohio) and I provide outpatient mental health counseling services to individuals age 10+, couples/dyads, families and groups. In addition, I am a Nationally Certified Counselor, a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor, a member of the American Counseling Association, and a member of the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors. My master’s degree is in Counseling from Marshall University Graduate College and my bachelor’s degree is in Personnel from Purdue University (IPFW). I continue to learn about effective treatment strategies by attending continuing education courses, conferences, and workshops, and by reading trade publications.
In addition, I am a Relationship Coach, Life Skills Coach, Transitions Coach, and entry/mid-level Career Coach. While counseling requires a mental health diagnosis that becomes a permanent part of your medical record, coaching focuses on your strengths to achieve your goals and get the most out of life.
I sometimes joke that it took me awhile to figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up. After high school, I worked in clerical and payroll positions at Marathon Oil Company. Then I raised a family full-time for a number of years. After a few corporate (Cooper Tire) relocations with my ex-husband, I decided it was time for my education. When I reentered the workforce, it was as a Human Resources professional for several manufacturing and distribution businesses in Indiana and Ohio. As I got in touch with the God-given wisdom within me, I changed course, got more education, and found my calling in counseling.
When I’m not at work, my favorite thing to do is spend time with the people I love. God gave me the desires of my heart when I married Doug Stockton, a United Methodist pastor, in 1999. We have 5 grown children and 7 grandchildren. I enjoy ringing handbells, singing in church choirs, upcycling/repurposing flea-market finds, and window-shopping for antiques.