In Minette’s role as a Christian Counselor, she works to provide a safe and respectful environment where clients are free to explore and question their world. Whenever possible and with client consent, she incorporates biblical truth into the counseling and healing process. Minette believes people are basically trustworthy, resourceful, capable of self-understanding, and able to make the changes they desire. Additionally, she believes that as relational beings, our sense of satisfaction with life derives from social adeptness, that is, our ability to connect and contribute. Maintaining a healthy place in family and society fulfills basic needs of security, acceptance, and worthiness. Finding that place of social well-being begins with self-awareness, self-acceptance, and forgiveness of self. Minette helps clients examine their faulty thought and behavior patterns that occur because of past experiences. She then gently challenges the client to develop new ways of thinking and relating. With inner healing comes a growing self-confidence and sense of worth that allows for healthy boundaries and appropriate empathy for self and others.
Minette recently graduated from Corban University with a Master’s degree in counseling and is a state registered intern working to become a state Licensed Professional Counselor. She interned at the Salem Free Counseling Clinic and at Corban University’s Career and Counseling Center and continues as a volunteer counselor in both settings. She has additional prior training and experience as a peer counselor at Capitol Hill Pregnancy Center in Washington, DC and at Hope Pregnancy Clinic in Salem, Oregon.
Her major coursework included but was not limited to Counseling Theory, Human Developmental Theories, Child Therapy, Family Therapy, Attachment Theory, Crisis and Trauma Counseling, Psychopathology, and Addiction Counseling.