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, she 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 own 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: love, safety, acceptance, and belonging.
Renee grew up in Illinois and graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Texas A & M University-Commerce, is a Nationally Board Certified Counselor, a member of the American Counseling Association, and is EMDR trained.
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. Many of us never learned in our family of origin how to solve conflict, express emotions, or seek connection. We learn in our childhood “what is normal”, and despite our best intentions, we often repeat the same painful patterns in our own adult life. Renee believes that when one person in a family learns healthier communication, coping and conflict resolution – both current AND future generations benefit.
She has a strong interest in helping people discover their authentic self by identifying and challenging labels they have been given and empowering each to live their best life. Because of her nursing background, she is especially interested in helping 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, perseverance, and their own counseling, she and her husband recently celebrated their 30th anniversary!
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 currently has four young drivers. This milestone has naturally led her to continually practice the elusive art of managing her own anxiety.