It takes a lot of courage to come to counseling and work through life’s challenges. My first priority in working with you is to build a caring, empathetic and genuine relationship to promote an open environment for honest sharing and connection. One of the greatest human needs is to be fully understood by another human being. I will do my best to meet you in this place of understanding by listening, asking questions and developing a comfortable place where you can be heard and understood.
My combined education and background in both corporate leadership and counseling psychology contribute to my strengths as a therapist and helps promote a therapeutic atmosphere that is affirming and encouraging but also holds you accountable for the change you wish to see in your life.
I also offer the integration of faith-based counseling if desired, but do not ever impose my own beliefs on you or the therapeutic process.
I look forward to walking alongside of you on this journey, encouraging you, helping you re-discover your strengths and having some fun along the way!
I have special interest and training in working with patients who present with a history of severe and chronic childhood trauma. These patients often present with dissociative symptoms and disorders (ranging from depersonalization disorder to Dissociative Identity Disorder) and/or personality disorders. I am currently receiving monthly training from the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation and receive individual supervision specific to Dissociative Identity Disorder. I have also participated in a two year training program with the Minnesota Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. I conceive of dissociative symptoms and maladaptive personality structures as being rooted in early childhood trauma and betrayal from caregivers, and approach these patients from a relational psychodynamic perspective, which emphasizes the therapeutic relationship and experiences of transference and counter-transference. I also have significant experience working with substance use disorders and with sexual disorders.
I have experience working alongside a variety of clients as they navigate their life path including adult child/parent relationships, single parents, adolescents, adults, and couples at every stage of their relationship. Additionally, I am passionate about working with individuals and families that have been affected by incarceration, foster care, and other forms of displacement that has interrupted their sense of security from their families and communities.
Some areas of focus and experience include trauma, grief and loss, transitions across the life span, post-traumatic stress disorder, attachment disorders, sexual boundaries, communication difficulties, and intergenerational trauma. To support clients in navigating difficulties with courage I am trained in EMDR therapy. Additionally I utilize a number of theories and approaches including Adlerian Theory, Attachment Theory, Solutions Focused Therapy, and if desired exploring and integrating faith, cultural values, and Restorative Justice principles into holistic healing.
Healing comes from seeking understanding of the whole self. I provide a safe space so that together we can unravel painful patterns of your life, honor and build on your strengths, and reclaim parts of yourself that have been closed off or waiting for the opportunity to grow.
I help adults, children (6+), couples, and families with both short-term goals and addressing the deeper causes of their concerns. I provide support to look at things from new perspectives, explore patterns which you find are no longer serving you well, and consider pathways to change that will better suit your needs at this time.
I am trained in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, and at times draw on cognitive approaches, I completed fellowship, coursework, and certification with the Minnesota Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, and am in process of completing certification for TFCBT. Additionally, my work is informed by my interest in mindfulness and complex trauma. I am interested in working with symptoms of Anxiety, Depression, current and childhood Trauma, Grief and Loss, parenting, relationship concerns, and work life balance. (Note that anxiety and depression in children can at times show up as difficulty maintaining focus, avoidance and/or irritability).
If you’re in search of an encouraging, welcoming and comforting space to help guide you through the challenges life brings, I look forward to partnering with you on your journey.
I utilize a client-centered approach and focus on attainable goals. I have experience working with individuals, adolescents and family systems. I enjoy working with individuals to rediscover their strengths, work through difficult emotions and life transitions. I am passionate about working with families involved in foster care and families in all stages of the adoption process. I specialize in anger management and those involved in domestic violence/abuse relationships.
I look forward to joining you in this phase of your life as you become the best person you can be.
Hello. First and foremost, I believe the journey toward healing and transformation are the most important and brave steps we can take in life. On this journey, we often find beliefs and behaviors that do not represent who we truly are, repressed emotions and memories that need to be processed and insights to help us continue to become more of who we really are. Personally, I began taking these steps in my early teens and have actively pursued this journey ever since. It takes courage to step onto this path, and in doing so, we often seek guidance and understanding. In our work together, it is my priority and commitment to meet you where you are, to provide a space for the process of self-discovery and realization, and to offer tools and guidance along the way.
My work is informed by my interest and experience in childhood neglect and trauma, Attachment Theory, Mindfulness, Internal Family Systems, Psychoanalytic Theory, and the Mind/Body connection as it relates to self-discovery and growth. My background includes school social work and school-based therapy, teaching emotional regulation skills. I am interested in working with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma and who just need a space to process during a time of upheaval and transition.
I look forward to meeting you on whatever step you are on in your healing journey, to provide opportunities of self-reflection as you become more of who you really are!
Who I am:
The most important thing to know about me is that I am just real! I am a driven dreamer and I own the good, bad, and in-between that comes with that. I have a naturally hopeful view of the world and genuinely believe in people. I show up for others and recognize the challenges of being a human in this very confusing and beautiful world we all live in. I’m also not afraid to laugh and find it to be one of the most necessary and healing aspects of life. I am a human first and a therapist second, which means I will meet you where you are at and I will not judge you for the things you might be judging yourself for.
Experience & Education:
I have diverse experience working with multiple populations from a systems perspective. I have provided therapeutic services to individual adults, adolescents, and children over the age of 10, as well as couples and families. It has been my honor to help individuals and families with the following mental health and systemic concerns: educational disabilities and transitional needs, eating disorders, couples in distress, depression, anxiety, obsessions and compulsions, chronic illness and many more all from a trauma-informed lens. I have a passion for helping build stronger connections in your relationships particularly when faced with chronic illness, trauma, and other medical and mental health conditions which effect not just one person in a family, but the entire system. Our relationships and connections make life worth living and it starts with a healthy and positive relationship with ourselves.
I received my undergraduate degree in Communication Arts with an emphasis in radio, television, and film from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and my Master’s degree from Adler Graduate School in Minnesota. I am a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of Minnesota and am under supervision with Jean Budge, MA, LMFT and Patrick Parker, MA, LMFT.
Studies have shown that the aspect of therapy that has the power to affect the most successful outcomes for clients is the quality of the relationship that the client has with the therapist. I feel it is a privilege to build strong meaningful relationships with my clients, and watch the transformational effects that therapy can have in their lives.
I have moved around a lot in my life, and have had a wide variety of experiences. Those adventures, combined with my training and education, allow me to connect easily with others. I have a direct, down to earth style, which I believe makes me very approachable. My goal is to create a safe space for my clients to feel heard and understood, so they can feel empowered to make necessary changes in their lives.
I work with adults, teens, and couples. I have a specific interest in working with teens and young adults who are struggling with the added stressors that come with that transitional time in life. Also, being a mother of three young children, I have a strong interest in helping women through postpartum and parenting issues.
I am a hard working assistant with the dream of furthering my education and getting deeper into this line of work. As a full time student and athlete, I am able to use this experience to give me a glimpse of what my future may hold. I see myself someday working alongside these wonderful therapists, helping and supporting others. I generally work with new referrals, helping determine which of our therapists best suits your needs as well as run many behind the scenes operations that keep our practice running smoothly!