Hi there, my name is Abby. I’m so glad you are taking the time to find the right person and skillset to invite into the uncertainty and joys of understanding your story.
Over the years, I have found three distinct loves in my work: teens, relationship, and faith. Whether you are a teen learning to embrace who you are in a high pressure culture, an individual or newer couple navigating sexual issues or the intertwining of two unique lives in dating or marriage, or an individual struggling to discern your own spiritual belief system and create a life that is yours and not the world’s, I so look forward to meeting you and joining in on the adventure.
As a recovering perfectionist, this work has required a total redefining of my worth and success. I grew up believing people would accept me and keep me if I scored high and did good, and ambiguity was my nemesis. I avoided or rejected the things I could not be the best at, and created little space for the emotions or needs that might hijack my hustle. As an adult, I now can recognize the limitations this tunnel vision put on my life and am slowly undoing the culturally constructed ideas of value and control that keep me from being and giving my whole self. My hope is that when you enter the therapy room, I get the privilege of helping you uncover who you truly are and what deeply moves you, enabling you to live a life of purpose, intention, and rest in the truth of who you were imaginatively designed to be.
I have a Psychology degree from Baylor University (Sic ‘em, Bears) and a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Wheaton College. One of the joys of this field is there is always more to learn, and I currently consider myself a student of John Mark Comer, John and Julie Gottman, Brené Brown, and Dan Allender. I am on an ongoing journey of refining the use of my free time to maximize rest and play. I tend to find those two things outdoors, firmly believing in Edward Abbey’s quote “Wilderness is not a luxury, but a necessity of the human spirit.” Right now, that looks like long walks in worship, running while listening to a favorite podcast, sitting around the fire pit dreaming with friends, or just pretending I’m outside while I climb indoor rock walls with my husband (who also happens to be my favorite belay partner). Ultimately, though, I always look forward to the comfort of home, and I hope in our time together you will find a piece of that both in my office and in yourself.