Harvest House is a dream that was born out of deep passion for promoting healthy relationships in families, marriages and with individuals as they work toward hope and healing.
Life is hard. We do our best and are often quite successful. However, there are other times that we have done all that we know to do and we are still stuck. While struggling is an important part of personal and relationship growth, it doesn't make sense to do the same thing over and over again. Therapy is many things. One of the most healing aspects of therapy is the objectivity and relationship expertise the therapist brings. Whether it is relationship with God, self or other, relationship is what we do.
Therapy can be a hard thing to initiate but the benefits can be life altering. Therapy provides an opportunity to grow in self-awareness, developing boundaries, changing harmful patterns and to overcome. Harvest House was designed on the concept that what Jesus brought us was the gift of relationship. In fact, it is relationship on which He builds His Kingdom. He began this work with a band of men and women in whom He built intimate relationship. He invested in their lives and that is what we are called to do. This revolutionary work is the work of therapy.
Give us a call. We provide a warm, safe and confidential place to work out issues. Even if you don't know "how this therapy thing works," we do. Call us. Ask us. We are here to help.
At different points throughout our lives we all face difficulties that can be hard to deal with on our own. Whether anxiety, depression, or relationship troubles, these difficulties can lead to feelings of isolation and discouragement. These difficulties can also be felt in our romantic relationships, parental relationships, child relationships, and possibly just about every other area of life.
Therapy can be a helpful way to work through these problems or issues that we all find ourselves tangled in from time to time. The support received through therapy can be helpful in facilitating change and, after all, change is really a primary goal of therapy.
I have training and experience in working with a range of issues and ages, including working with children, teenagers, and adults. I have been trained in trauma-informed models, worked with depression, anxiety, grief, self-harm, PTSD as well as family conflict. For some folks, it is a critical part of therapy to work with faith issues. I welcome the opportunity to incorporate faith. I see therapy as a process of collaboration for you, the client, to overcome these difficulties and experience growth and joy.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Jesus said this in the gospel of Matthew. For me, therapy is all about faith, hope, and love.
Everyone needs a trusting relationship. It makes us strong enough to explore every part of ourselves. In this broken world, we all have brokenness. It seems like the easiest way is to push the pain away. Sometimes it works, but sometimes it only feeds the pain. If you were ever caught by sadness or anger but not knowing why; if you are trying to get rid of some behaviors but it doesn’t work; or if you just feel really tired of striving for success, perfection, praise, or love, this is the right place for you.
As a candidate for IFS certification, I am equipped with resources to help you with conflicts and tensions in relationships, with yourself and with others. *Internal Family Systems (IFS) Model offers a clear, non-pathologizing, and empowering method of understanding human problems. It can help you understand yourself and people you love in a deeper level. It works very well with issues like: couple relationship, trauma, anger, depression, self-harm behaviors, self-esteem, and eating disorder.
Mandarin Chinese therapy is also available. (也提供中文諮商的服務)
You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”
― A.A. Milne
Our journey is our own. While we may all have similar experiences, it is the uniqueness of our choices that determines which experiences make us stronger, which ones teach us the deepest most lasting lessons and which ones bring us to our knees.
I’ve found that life dances in waves; it is our music that moves the waves. We all move through life sharing the basic knowledge that we need someone. We need to be understood, we need to be heard, and we need to feel like we are not alone.
It takes a lot of strength to get through life and an even greater amount of courage to ask for help. What a beautiful time in history that we live in where we have so many people willing to reach out a hand to help us through our most difficult times, all we need to do is reach back. You deserve the kind of life you want to have, you deserve the kind of family you’ve always dreamed of. I look forward to working with you!
“Conflict is an opportunity for growth.”
Have you ever thought that? I know it sure doesn’t feel that way. Maybe it’s the way we view and handle conflict that matters most. As a couple and family therapist, I want to support you to create a secure growing environment for yourself and for your relationships.
I believe we learn about life through relationships and experiences and that we seek the skills to communicate through our struggles. I offer you empathy and skills to support you to learn to find comfort in your discomfort and the motivation to work on what for you are the most important things.
My background and training are in spirituality and mindfulness, grief and loss, and couple and family therapy. With patient and tender attention I believe we can bring forth greater joy and vitality to your life.
“Don’t be afraid to ask for help. This is not a sign of weakness, but rather humility and speaks volumes of your character” – Unknown
Reaching out for help can be challenging. However, therapy can be the first step towards achieving a happy and fulfilling life. Therapy provides non-judgmental environment where your experiences will be acknowledged and validated. I view therapy as a collaborative process. I will work with you to identify your strengths and refine your skills in order to help you gain a renewed sense of empowerment and hopefulness in your life.
As a Marriage and Family Therapy Master’s candidate at Syracuse University, I am trained to work with a variety of issues such as depression, anxiety, grief, communication problems, marital distress, and family conflict. Although I operate from a systemic perspective, I also enjoy working with individuals who are looking to make positive changes in their lives.
Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.” Napoleon Hill
Every journey of life has highs and lows. The fluctuation of those experiences are what mold us into the people we are meant to become. Although we are each on our own journey, life isn't meant to be traveled alone. Having others around us for guidance and companionship is a natural need. Therapy provides a safe, nonjudgmental environment to foster those relationships and to work on self.
The systemic perspective used in Marriage and Family Therapy pulls together you and the people you are traveling with on this journey called Life; to create a path of least resistance that will get you where you and your loved ones all want to be. Our approach allows us to work with individuals, couples, and families to collaborate and find the strength that already lies within them. On behalf of Harvest House, I want to extend a hand to you, to start working on the growth and strength that comes with life. Let me help you build up the tools and skills for your future.
The secret of change is to focus all your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new – Socrates
I grew up in an environment and culture where seeking professional service is frowned upon. This perception offered me the understanding around the feelings of apprehension and despair that may originate from seeking therapy. My grandmother instilled in me that we should take all our problems and concerns to the Lord in prayer. And while her wisdom rings true, and aided in shaping my principles and beliefs, I have also come to understand that there is also help and healing in humanity.
As a current graduate student in the Marriage and Family Therapy Master program at Syracuse University, I underwent extensive self-work and self-reflection which have led me to better understand myself and my relationships. I believe in the principle of nonsummativity; we are all a part of larger interconnected social systems that impact each other. As social beings, relationships are a vital component of our subsistence and well-being.
I now recognize the significant therapeutic effect and healing that can derive from communicating concerns in a space where you feel safe, heard, guided, and supported. I understand how paramount this process can be in confronting life’s many challenges and being an agent of positive change.
Coming from a household that disconsider therapy, I feel it is part of my duty to help showcase the beneficial and transforming components of the therapeutic process. Through collaboration, respect, warmth, empathy, and challenge it is my aim to promote validation, strength, healing, and acceptance to those facing challenging times.
“It all begins and ends in your mind. What you give power to, has power over you.”
What we give power to in our lives and our relationships is so essential to our self-growth. The mind is an incredible machine, although sometimes, it’s inner workings get a bit tangled. Therapy can help sort out the messy bits and pieces that can hold power in our mind and heart, which often make us feel like we are no longer in control of our own lives. The therapeutic relationship is a team process involving you and I. I will help you remember your strengths by working on skills to not only enhance yourself, but also empower the way you view yourself in the important relationships in your life.
I operate from a systemic perspective, and am always mindful of how relationships are so influential in every area of life. Therapy can be hard work, but the growth and healing as an outcome makes it worth it. I invite individuals, couples, and families to embark upon this journey and allow me to help you heal yourself. I have confidence that the secret to “having it all” is believing you already do.
Humans are a complex and incredibly intricate creation. Built for relationship, we are inevitably impacted by those around us, and these interactions shape our self in relationship. Connections with self and others generally offer rewarding and satisfying occasions for development. The intermingling of each person’s unique life experience that has shaped his or her characteristics influence the manner in which relationships take place. Fueled by this drive for connection, these interactions sometimes instigate certain difficulties. Sometimes, we get stuck as we navigate life in all the magnificence and complexity that it has to offer. This immovable place can be painful, dim, and demanding. Fortunately, yet paradoxically, restoration and healing are frequently encountered through these connections with self and others, despite their capacity to become sticky.
Therapy often leads to hard work of the soul. As a marriage, couple, and family graduate student, it is my greatest privilege and desire to invest in the therapeutic process with you in a manner that is characterized by integrity, humility, skillfulness, and understanding. It is my hope that these characteristics coupled with rigorous training would allow for the facilitation of growth, healing, reconciliation, and spiritual well-being for all those who embark upon this journey.
“It’s okay to not be okay—but it’s not okay to stay there.”-Matt Chandler
“At any given moment you have the power to say this is not how the story is going to end.”
Often in life, we become immobilized by what we feel we should and shouldn’t do in our lives and in our relationships because of perceived expectations. This in turn can lead to an internalization of our problems and feelings of disempowerment. I believe that therapy is the place where we can externalize these problems and feelings and find the inner strengths to reauthor your own life story and the narrative of your relationship. In relationships, it is you and your partner vs. the problem, not you vs. your partner.
As a graduate marriage and family therapist student, I operate from a systemic perspective, with a focus on the power of relationships. Therapy can be a place for empowerment, as well as a place for learning more about yourself and your family system. Relationships are ever evolving and although tough at times, can be a great source of support and joy.
One day, as I was praying over my day, the phone rang and I began a conversation with Theressa about working with Harvest House. I handle a lot of the “back house” work here. Later, I thought to myself, “What was I ever doing without Harvest House?”. The Harvest House Family has a really good way of making people, myself included, feel important, needed and welcomed. All of the time I am hearing how valuable I am, but it had never quite dawned on me how valuable Harvest House actually was to me. As if I were meant to be apart of this family. There is more purpose in my life, greater meaning and there is a higher calling to serve others. I’ve always been a servant to my husband and my daughter but I had truly never served others in the same way. This changed the day I joined Harvest House. I know, this is supposed to be about me, an introduction to who I am, but as I had sat down and tried to write from that angle I understood that it is actually not about me at all, it is about the family that I have found here. I could tell you that I am currently earning my bachelor degree in Biblical Studies. I could tell you that I have a bubbly little girl at home who is my reason for everything. I could even tell you that I have come from the pitch black nothingness that we each have heard of before. I can explain to you all of these things, but these things are not what I am meant to focus on. I am meant to push forward the impact that Harvest House has had on me, from just working behind the scenes. This is important to share because it is not just one therapist who is going to help you make strides in your life, it is an entire family and support team working together to make it all happen. I am one puzzle piece of a much larger picture. A picture that includes, YOU. Your piece of the puzzle is equally important to mine. I will never have a chance to listen to your stories but I will always have a chance to make sure your story can be shared by doing what I can from behind to keep everything well oiled. Let us serve you so that you may serve yourself in new, unimaginable ways.
Amy has worked in education for eleven years and recently has managed operations, marketing and client services for various organizations in the Denver area. She currently serves as Managing Director at the Institute for Social + Emotional Intelligence, an online educational institution that instructs leaders, coaches, and HR professionals in coaching social + emotional intelligence, and manages a collaborative co-working community called The Guild. These roles require strong interpersonal skills, creative writing, and social media marketing as she connects with clients to establish solid rapport and trust. Her background in teaching and ministry has given her a unique ability to relate easily with others in a professional yet authentic manner.
Amy completed her Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Denver with an emphasis in Aesthetic Arts as well as an undergraduate degree in Theology from Ambassador University in Pasadena, California. She runs her consulting business, AdeptSupport Inc., and resides in Lakewood, Colorado. When not working, she enjoys gardening, camping, adventure travel, kayaking, fiddle lessons and writing inspirational personal narrative. You can connect with Amy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 720-272-4544.
From the time I was a young child my sense of God’s presence in my life was strong. Even at that early age, I was convinced God was near me and heard me as I spoke to Him.
My journey in the faith has been like many others, up and down, yet distinct in the details. After a time of disinterest in Junior High, the way to God again opened up clearly as I became involved in the Youth for Christ movement.
Wanting to go to a Christian College, but also not wanting to stir up disagreements within the family, I went to school for Nursing and became a nurse for a short time. I soon discovered that I was not well suited to that role. I left and became a full time mom and housewife, picking up odd jobs along the way. But my desire often turned towards learning, and the craving to know more about how God moves among His people in our day.
After sending my youngest off to college, I also returned to school, finishing my BA. Soon after, I entered into Biblical Theological Seminary. From the first class I knew this was where I was supposed to be. One class in particular led me on a trail of finding what role God would have for me in the aftermath of receiving my degree from seminary. I was led to the ministry of Spiritual Formation, and was given the opportunity to be taught by the team at Renovare Institute of Spiritual Formation. This in turn led me to Spiritual Direction, and I earned a certificate from Karios School of Spiritual Formation.
As I begin this practice of Spiritual Direction, I am still a housewife married to a very supportive husband. Although we have no children at home anymore, we are blessed with two great children with wonderful spouses, and five lively grandchildren. Life is rich with the blessings of God.