About Patria


Welcome to The Broken and Beautiful! 


I offer affordable, expert Counseling and Coaching services in Lincoln, Nebraska and online. I am a Counselor and Certified Professional Life Coach and I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing. But, in reality these titles don’t hold the truth of what has landed me here. If you had told me 15  years ago that this would be my work, I wouldn't have been able to imagine it. However, I am doing this work because I know how much my life has been changed by experienced, safe people who invested in me. My life's passion has become offering back what so graciously has been given to me.

I’m passionate about people... and, “people" is you. I want you to know you belong. If you know me, you have likely heard me say, "even if you're a lump on the ground, I believe in your value and I believe that what you offer the world has meaning." To date, I’ve not met someone who is merely a lump on the ground!


Here’s the bottom line though—I can believe this about you until the cows come home, but if you don’t believe it about yourself, it will do you no good. For most of us, in order to get to the place where we truly believe in our value, it takes gobs and oodles of courage and integrity—and learning how to read the stories of our lives well. Most of us need accountability and good care to live in that wholehearted way. In other words, it doesn’t just happen. We must be intentional about it.

I’ve been married to my husband for 25 years. We have two amazing grown-up kids - Madalyne who is 22 and Kelson who is 20. When I say amazing... I mean, when I step back and survey who they are as people... I am in awe. I thank God every single day of my life for those two. 


I’m also a proud owner of two pound puppies who each bring their own brand of special to our family: Lexi Lou, and Dashell Robert. We thought we were rescuing them, but I'll tell you a little secret...  they rescued us!


BSN, Union College  1995

Prayer Counselor Certification  2009

Certified Professional Life Coach  2018

APSATS Training (The Association of Partners of Sex Addicts Trauma Specialists)   2018 

Completion of Certificate in trauma focused narrative therapy, Levels I and II - The Allender Center  2017, 2018

Completion of Externship in trauma focused narrative therapy - The Allender Center  2019