Summer grew up in Tyler, Texas: home of Pine Cove Christian Camps, where she spent time as a camp counselor during her college days. She received her Masters in Biblical Counseling from Dallas Theological Seminary in 2016 and earned an undergraduate degree in psychology and history from Ouachita Baptist University, where she spent four years as a collegiate swimmer.
Soon after graduating from college, Summer went through a difficult experience; her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer which in turn led Summer to seek help from a counselor. The counseling process helped her explore her worries, doubts and fears while coping with her circumstances. She was also empowered to face her own family of origin issues, resentments, and shame issues as a result of going to counseling. The therapeutic process helped her develop resilience along with an understanding of her own worth.
Prior to working at Sparrow House Counseling, Summer worked as a practicum student at the Lifeologie Institute in Dallas, Texas. Clinically, Summer has a special interest in working with clients facing grief and loss, family of origin issues, codependency, life transition, perfectionism, shame issues, anxiety and depression. Summer maintains a professional membership in the American Counseling Association.
Summer approaches counseling with empathy, understanding and genuineness. She believes authenticity and trust are vital components in the counseling process and believes change happens in the context of relationships. She finds joy in helping her clients grow in their faith in God and helping them to understand truth about their identity and worth in a world that often distorts it.
When she’s not at Sparrow House, Summer enjoys spending time with her husband, Ryan, her daughter, Harper and her dog, Snags. She also loves time with the small group of high school girls she disciples through Watermark Community Church. Summer likes to run, bike and swim (still working on her goal of one day completing a triathlon), travel, cook, and be outdoors as much as possible.