Chris began seeing clients in 1998. She has worked with families, couples, children, and individuals interested in becoming healthier individuals. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Child Development from Western Washington University. Chris then received her Master’s Degree in Marriage & Family Therapy from George Fox University in Oregon.
Chris specializes in many marriage and family services. That work includes marriage enrichment and communication work for couples, parenting work, helping people heal from sexual abuse, eating disorders, working with anxiety, and play therapy for children. She also works with people struggling with grief, depression, and family-of-origin issues. She especially enjoys working with missionary families and children and those in ministry.
Chris also does EMDR for those wanting to heal from trauma. Incorporating this kind of work into the therapy process is remarkably healing.
Chris’ experience of seeing families and children in therapy over the years led her to begin doing reunification therapy for families. This specialized therapy addresses a breach or lack of unity between a parent and child, with divorced or separated parents, or parents who are living apart. It may be sought by the parents or ordered by the court.
Chris provides supervision for counselors who are working toward becoming licensed. Group supervision and individual supervision are available for therapists both on staff with Lighthouse Counseling and those in a separate counseling practice.
Chris and her husband Rob have been married for more than 25 years and they have four children. They attend church at Vintage City Church, where Chris is involved in the prayer ministry.