Danielle’s childhood best friend always affectionately refers to her as the “moral compass”. From a young age, Danielle enjoyed pondering life’s issues whether it be God, relationships, or how the world seems to work.
Though she was often able to be a guide for others she had a hard time finding direction for herself in relationships. At age 10 she found herself in a psychiatrists’ office being told she had depression. Looking back now Danielle can see her childhood depression came from comparing her personality and friendships to her outgoing Mom and younger brother.
Transitioning into her teenage years a new world opened up called boys. Already insecure from perceived relational difficulties, Danielle found herself dating throughout high school and college. By age 23 she had broken off two engagements.
The struggles of her childhood and dating relationships led her to seek her own counseling. During the process, she realized the need for healing in relationships with both her mother and father. God’s grace led her to reconcile with both in unique ways. Today, she has better relationships with them than ever before and finally feels that she is able to receive what she needs from both as parents. She also has been able to build a strong support system through her local church community, school, and keeping in touch with her faithful childhood and college friends.
The constant stabilizing force of Danielle’s life has always been God. Even in the midst of what at times seemed to be chaos, his presence was strong and he was always revealing more and more of his vision for her life. In college when God spoke to her to go into counseling he gave her 2 Corinthians 5:18-19, “All this is from God who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.”
Danielle by God’s grace has experienced reconciliation with her parents, others, and herself in accepting how God has uniquely wired her. Though she is at the beginning of her clinical journey Danielle is passionate about leading others in this process as well. She believes that counseling is ultimately about this ministry of reconciliation that was made available through Christ’s death and resurrection and now lives in us by the Holy Spirit. She believes that it is possible for parent-child relationships to be healed and that we all have to go through the process of reconciliation to self by accepting the entirety of who we are.
When Danielle takes a break from pondering the depths of life and being the “moral compass” she enjoys singing, having spontaneous dance parties, learning to play guitar, writing, and indulging in either chocolate or cookie dough ice cream.