When you are looking for help it is important to know who is going to be listening to you and giving you insight into some of the hardest events of your life…Let me tell you a little about me.
My true passion is helping children of divorce, and I have found that I can help the kids by helping their parents. That is why I do co-parenting counseling, parenting coordination and divorce mediation. Because the studies show thats what hurts kids more than their parent's divorce is their parent's ongoing conflict. If I can get kid's parents to have a civil co-parenting relationship, I consider that a success. I often say co-parenting is messy, awkward and hard but your kids NEED you to figure this out! Here is a part of my story.
I have over 25 years of experience working with children and families. I began my professional life with a five-year tenure as a teacher at Pinson Valley High School in Pinson, Alabama. After several years of focused investment in my own children, I began working with the children and families of Shades Valley Community Church. I served as the Children's Ministry Coordinator for that congregation for 4 years before deciding to apply to graduate school. While pursuing my Masters in Counseling, I served as a counselor for abused and neglected children and their parents at The Prescott House in Jefferson County, AL. I also gained invaluable experience as a grief counselor to families during my internship at The Amelia Center at Children's of Alabama. My education, training and experience led me to start Sparrow Counseling in Birmingham, AL and practice a philosophy of therapy that values understanding, expression, and healing for individuals, couples and families.
My philosophy and practice of therapy is profoundly shaped by my personal faith in Christ, but I always defer to the client to determine the role of spirituality in their personal therapeutic plan. The last thing you should know about me is that I am divorced with children, so I intimately understand the grief, the fears, and difficulty in creating a collaborative co-parenting relationship. I get it. Whatever the plan for our time together, the goal is always the same: empowering lives, strengthening families and rediscovering hope.
Why did I name my practice Sparrow Counseling?
The name was inspired by the following verses in the Gospel of Matthew.
"Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father's care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows." Matthew 10:29-31
These verses inspired not only the name of my practice, Sparrow Counseling, but the mission as well. It is my goal and heart's desire to help people understand their worth and value amidst even their deepest, darkest struggles. Jesus gently commands us to not be afraid. He reminds us that even the sparrow is taken care of daily and He will most certainly not forget us as we are worth far more to Him.