As a polymath, (advisor-source of wide information) Robin seeks to help organizations and people think about real questions, what is important and valuable in life, and how to do a better job making these intertwined and interconnected in work life, love and relationships, careers and vocations! Robin’s back-story is quite thought-provoking; she has a wide range of accomplishments and intellectual interests, and an expertise for pulling together information from many disciplines into her work, from research to personal experiences, helping people to be the most successful and happy with their choices. Robin is a native Kentuckian, a graduate of the University of Kentucky, and has served on multiple local, regional, and national boards in leadership roles.
Robin is a Board Certified Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, Certified Career Counselor, Board Certified-TeleMental Health Provider, Certified Career Coach, Certified Master of Career Services, Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional, and Certified Laughter Leader! She has served in private practice and higher education institutions in the Bluegrass Region for 20+ years, as well as, working with students and clients all over the world. Robin’s counseling approach takes the best practices of traditional counseling as well as some of its own unique advantages and adapts them for delivery to clients via electronic means in order to maximize the use of technology-assisted counseling techniques.
Robin has delivered fun, high-impact presentations for over 18 years to 1000’s of students on campuses, as well as, to corporations and non-profit institutions. In addition to career counseling, grief recovery, and relationship education, she offers resume services. Crafting an eye-catching and memorable resume is major component of your self-promotion strategy. And as an expert, experienced designer, Robin will showcase your talent and epitomize your personal brand in your job search documents so you can move forward with confidence and have the success you seek!
Married for 35+ years to her high school sweetheart, she works with couples in relationships to identify unique strengths and growth areas, also offering engagement and premarital counseling. And she acts as a positive voice for Law Enforcement in the community, serving as a volunteer with the National Alliance for Law Enforcement Support (NALES), with the KY Post-Critical Incident Seminars, and with the KY Community Crisis Response Board as a First Responder Family Peer Supporter. She and her husband have three young adult children, and a son-in-law residing in Chicago, Cincinnati, and St. Petersburg.
Robin and her German Shepherd Dog, Highway, serve as certified Therapy Dog Team visiting hospitals, nursing homes, libraries, and other places to bring smiles and emotional support! Furthermore, with Animal Assisted Crisis Response, as specially trained handlers (psychological first aid, incident command, etc.) and canines, Robin and her dogs are trained and tested for crisis response work. They provide comfort and support to people affected by disasters; scientific evidence has shown animals are a positive factor in helping people cope with traumatic events. Canine teams are educated to be effective and professional while working in stressful, unpredictable environments. Robin also works with her certified therapy dogs, Leonbergers, known as 'gentle giants, Falkor, Berlyn, and Gideon!
**As a trained and certified Animal Assisted Psychotherapist, Robin is trained as a qualified mental health professional in the ethical and humane integration of animals into the therapeutic setting and meets the competencies defined by the American Counseling Association (ACA). In 2016 the American Counseling Association publicized competencies that must be fulfilled in order to ethically provide animal assisted therapy-counseling (this is the equivalent of animal assisted psychotherapy). If you are interested and find Animal Assisted Therapy valuable to your healing and progress, it is important that you choose a counselor with the education and knowledge to know how to practice AAP safely, ethically, and competently.
“Dogs have a way of finding the people who need them, and filling an emptiness we didn’t ever know we had.”
— Thom Jones