About Me

My role in others' lives is a role I carry with great conviction. I have 7 children - 6 were adopted from the United States and South Korea,  and one biological child. I personally  have dealt with grief, infertility and miscarriage, as well as pre and post adoption issues.

My husband and I have also been serving as a host family for almost 2 decades now. We have hosted students and adults from several countries including   Brazil, Chile, Finland, South Korea, China, Japan, Luxembourg, Spain, Kenya, Liberia, and more.  I have helped high school and college-aged individuals who are searching for their purpose and dealing with adjustment and anxiety issues, and I have mentored individuals and provided them with leadership growth skills.
 I am a skilled, caring, compassionate, sensitive counselor who is committed to giving you exceptional care.

Begin Anew  & Kodde Counseling
Bachelor of Science, Interdisciplinary Studies, Bible & Theology – Kuyper College
Master of Arts in Counseling – Cornerstone University 

License, Certifications & Awards 

Licensed Professional Counselor, Michigan

Additional Training
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy – Daniel Moran, PhD, BCBA-D
Acceptance & Commitment Therapy: 2-Day Intensive ACT Training – Avigail Lev, Psy.D.
Addiction, Trauma, & Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): The Neuroscience behind Developmental/Attachment          Trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences – Linda Curran, BCPC, LPC, CACD, CCDPD
Blended and Blessed – Family Life
Civilian First Responder  - Women at Risk International
CBT for Trauma Treatment: Powerful & Proven Techniques – Martha Teater, MA, LMFT, LCAS, LPC
Cognitive Behavior Therapy: 6 Week Intensive Certificate Course – Jeff Riggenbach, PhD, LPC
Advanced Cognitive Behavior Therapy: CBT for Your Most Challenging Clients – Donald Meichenbaum, PhD
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia – Center for Deployment Psychology
Reconceptualizing Resilience and Growth in the Wake of Trauma – Center for Deployment Psychology
Suicide Assessment, Intervention, & Postvention for Counselors - Darcy Haag Granville, PhD
The Therapeutic “Aha!”: 10 Brain-Based Strategies to Transform Your Clients and Your Practice – Courtney Armstrong,        LPC, MHSP
Trauma Defined: The Body Keeps Score – Bessel van der Kolk, MD
Understanding Your Grief: Touchstones for Hope and Healing – Greater GR End of Life Coalition
Gottman Institute Trainings
Levels I, II, III Clinical Training Gottman Method Couples Therapy – John & Julie A. Gottman, PhDs
Emotion Coaching: The Heart of Parenting – John & Julie S. Gottman, PhDs
Healing Couples from the Betrayal of an Affair – John Gottman, PhD
Therapy Sessions: Live – Julie S. Gottman, PhD
Therapy Sessions: Demonstrations – John & Julie S. Gottman, PhDs
How to Make Relationships Work – John Gottman, PhD
Making Marriages Work by Uncovering Secrets of Sex, Love, and Trust – J. & J.S. Gottman, PhDs
The Seven Principles for Marking Marriage Work – John Gottman, PhD
The Ten Principles of Effective Couples Therapy: What Science Tells Us and Beyond – John & Julie S. Gottman, PhDs

AACA – American Association of Christian Counselors, Presidential and Marriage & Family Network
ACA – American Counseling Association
APA – American Psychological Association
Focus on the Family Referral Network
Gottman Referral Network
Michigan Counseling Association
Psychology Today Network

Over the years, we have enjoyed hosting many students from abroad for either short-term visits or for the entire school year. I enjoy spending time with my children and grandchildren at our bi-monthly Sunday noon dinners. I play the piano two services a month for my church. I am currently one of the leaders for Apples of Gold, a teaching program for young women and mothers, that meets at my home for twelve weeks out of the year. I love to read and kayak. I love to visit my children and grandchildren that currently live in California, Illinois, Colorado, and my sisters and their families in the states of Illinois and Wyoming. I love to travel - especially in the Caribbean -  and I also spend a few weeks in Florida in the winter. I am currently in the process of remodeling and updating our home.