As a domestic abuse survivor and now advocate, I know what a huge emotional, spiritual, physical, and psychological impact intimate partner violence (IPV) has on a person.
My mission is to help others gain clarity and understanding, to reclaim their true selves --made in God's image and likeness -- and touch the hem of God's robe.
I write about redemptive suffering, God's plan for our lives, and the role of forgiveness along the healing journey. I also focus on reclaiming self after tragedy, soul woundings, and how to heal from other traumatic events in life.
My spiritual coaching ministry helps individuals move forward, enabling them to progress from where they currently are to where they ideally envision themselves to be. Bringing resolution to unresolved woundings, through the merciful love of Christ, is a primary focus.
"Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? Behold, I am making all things new."
(Isa. 43:19, Rev. 21:5)
Education and qualifications:
In progress: MA in Pastoral Studies/Counseling (Holy Apostles College & Seminary)
BA in Theology (Catholic Distance University)
Certified Wellness Consultant and certified Nutrition Consultant (American College of Healthcare Sciences)
Various certifications in domestic violence, including Violence and Abuse in Catholic & Christian Families (Pax in Familia) and Breaking the Code: Understanding the Different Motives of Those who Batter (Family Peace Initiative)
Certified in Christian Prayer from Institute of Catholic Culture
Certified in Classics in Prayer and Spiritual Life from Catholic Distance University
Affiliated with Catholics for Family Peace
Writer for Missio Dei
Author of The Prodigal Parishioner, as well as Create Soul Space on Patheos
Freelance writer for various publications including CatholicMatch.com, Catholic Education Resource Center, Hope’s Garden, You Are Made New Ministries and NC Catholics
I try to write a new article each week, but if you have any questions or suggestions at any time, please contact me.
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Are you a domestic abuse advocate, pastoral professional, educator, or do you have a loved one who’s in a toxic relationship and you want to help?
I suggest you start your educational journey by reading my post, “Or Have I”—The Art of Abuse Minimization to learn what it’s like inside the head of a victim of domestic abuse.
Next, head over to “Unwittingly Describing the Abuse Cycle” for a glimpse into the harsh, repetitive and ultimately damaging pattern of domestic violence.
If you’d like to get in touch with me, you can do so through my contact form. Your information is kept strictly private and I response personally to each message.
Disclaimer: In my articles, I most often refer to the abuser as “he” and the victim/survivor as “she.” This isn’t because I’m unaware of the fact that women can be abusers and men can be victims — even though statistically women are more often the victims, I do understand that men can be the targets of abuse, too. However, because I happen to be a woman, I naturally tend to write from a woman’s perspective. I can’t pretend to know what it’s like to be a man, nor do I particularly want to. So. There you have it. That’s why in my articles, I refer to abusers as “he” and survivors as “she.” If you happen to be a male survivor of abuse and are reading this newsletter, please feel free to change the pronouns around in your head to make a more enjoyable reading experience. Really, I won’t be offended.
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