After teaching Kindergarten and first grades for 25 years, I decided to change my ministry, but to continue working with children in another way. I currently minister as a Professional Counselor at Mercy Professional Services (MPS) in Cincinnati, OH. MPS was created to minister to those who are experiencing a need for emotional healing. MPS serves all in need, including the uninsured and underserved.
In my practice, I work with children, adolescents and adults. My counseling degree is in Pastoral Counseling, which assists me in addressing the psycho-spiritual concerns of my clients.
I have also had additional training in play therapy which I use with my young clients. Stuart Brown, MD in his book, Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination and Invigorates the Soul, notes, “The act of play itself may be outside of ‘normal’ activities. The result is that we stumble upon new behaviors, thoughts, strategies, movements, or ways of being. We see things in a different way and have fresh insights” (p. 18). Helping clients of all ages to “see things in a different way and have fresh insights” is essential in counseling, doing it through play is pleasurable as well! Recently, after having a session with a couple of preschool age clients, two of our office staff personnel were waiting at my door and stated, “We want play time with Patti too!”, since they had heard the giggles coming from my office.
It is a blessing to be on the healing journey with each of my clients.