Spiritual Direction

Welcome to Good Soil Counseling and Spiritual Direction.  I would like to introduce myself and let you know more of what you can expect from me. I am a graduate of Western Washington University with an emphasis in psychology and child development. I attended counseling courses at IBC (Institute of Biblical Counseling) while my husband was pursuing his Masters. I've been trained by nationally known author and teacher, Dr. Larry Crabb at the School of Spiritual Direction. 

For several years I worked directly with adolescents in youth ministry and as a wilderness adventure guide. I've served as a women’s pastor, counseling and mentoring women both individually and corporately. Over the years I've led various women support and small groups.

As a result of my studies and life experiences, I've now worked with people in a non-profit setting for over 30 years. I have the privilege to meet with men, women, couples and adolescents in a serene setting, overlooking the beautiful Puget Sound. 

Periodically I lead couples retreats with my husband Steve Merritt (who is a licensed therapist). Steve and I have a heart for marriages and have  recently added Marriage Intensives for couples who are struggling. This is a customized weekend, tailored to meet the specific needs of each couple with individual and couples counseling provided. Meals and lodging are included.


"One life on this earth is all we get, whether it is enough or not enough, an the obvious conclusion would seem

to be at the very least we are fools if we do not live it as fully and bravely and beautifully as we can" 

-Fredrick Buechner