It was during a college course in psychology for her nursing degree when Renee first developed an interest in counseling. She spent 10 years as a nurse while living in Illinois and although not practicing, is still a licensed RN. She understands what it feels like to be in the client seat because as she started building a family with her husband, she found it increasingly difficult to tune out her painful childhood. Mother wounds initially led her to seek healing through counseling and marital problems brought her back. She believes that although problems are packaged differently, everyone, regardless of ethnicity, skin color, primary language or childhood seeks the same things in life. They are love, safety, acceptance, and belonging.
Renee grew up in Illinois and graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She will graduate from Texas A & M University-Commerce with a master’s in clinical mental health counseling and plans to pursue her licenses for professional counselor and marriage and family therapy.
Helping people love the life they live and the people they live with is one of Renee’s passions. All relationships become messy at some point, people are undoubtedly complicated, and communication is a seemingly impossible skill. Her goal is to equip clients with tools for personal and relationship growth. She has a strong interest in helping people discover their authentic self by helping them challenge labels others have assigned them and helping them to live the life they choose. She also enjoys utilizing her medical background to help those struggling with medical concerns.
Renee continues to live out the adventure that comes with parenting and the roller coaster of marriage. She has a heart for those trying to provide happy and healthy childhoods for their children despite not having had it themselves. As well, enhancing marriages is a special interest because she believes the best gift parents can give their children is a stable marriage and home. Thanks to hard work and perseverance, she and her husband, Eric, will soon celebrate their 3oth anniversary!
She is a member of The National Society of Leadership and Success and a student member of the American Counseling Association. With four children, she is quite familiar with what she calls “the growth of a parent.” Not that long ago, she had four teenagers and soon will have four, young drivers. This milestone has naturally led her to continually practice the elusive art of managing her own anxiety.