I've had wonderful opportunities to receive training and to provide therapy, assessments, testing, and supervision in a number of different settings including state and private hospitals, residential programs, chemical dependency centers mental health clinics and private practice centers. I have worked with clients from ages five through elderly and from a wide range of socio-economic, cultural-ethnic, sexual-orientation, family compositions, and religious/spiritual beliefs. I use an integrative theoretical approach emphasizing humanistic, cognitive-behavioral, experiential, DBT, and psychodynamic conceptualization and interventions.
Specialties include: Assessment, Testing, and reporting for psychological, cognitive, chemical health & addiction (Rule 25) evaluations, courted ordered evaluations (psychological and parenting), and HPSP evaluations and supervision. I also provide therapy for a wide range of mental health problems and life issues: I am experienced in working with mood and anxiety disorders, grief and loss, SPMI, addiction, PTSD, trauma, abuse (sexual, physical, emotional), anger management, life span issues, uncoupling, women’s issues, adoption, career and work issues.
I’m passionate about helping clients increase their ego strength and overcome trauma, addictions and other obsessive-compulsive problems, anxiety, depression, shame and guilt, personality disorders, and parenting, self-esteem, attachment, and relationship issues.
It is also my joy to help clients improve their sense of identity and increase their sense of purpose and meaning in life. I provide a safe place for clients to feel comfortable sharing their true thoughts, feelings, and experiences without judgement.
I use eclectic cognitive behavioral therapy, incorporating attachment theory, psychoeducation, and techniques from DBT, REBT, Gestalt, solution-focused, person-centered, logotherapy, narrative, Adlerian, Rogerian, and behavioral approaches. I also offer a Christian counseling approach if desired. My goal is to tailor my approach to the client’s personal and cultural needs.
My history is in working with addicts with criminal backgrounds, individuals with serious and persistent mental illnesses, and families struggling with parenting problems.
My therapeutic focus is working with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, relationship conflict and stage of life difficulties through a trauma informed lens. I also work with families on parenting difficulties, sibling conflict, and supporting children and teens struggling with the stresses of school, peers, and life changes.
I love to incorporate individuals favorite interests into therapeutic sessions to create a shared understanding; this has included sports, video games, books, movies and art. I believe that curiosity, humor and hope gives us the power to change the direction of our life to be the hero of our own story.
I am passionate about working on solution-focused goals that are determined but the client moving us forward into the future while being mindful of the emotions and experiences that have shaped who we are today. We will work on the beliefs about ourselves and others that create barriers on who we want to be and how we want to move into a more positive and assured future.
I completed my Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in 2018, focusing on relational theory, parenting interventions and multicultural studies.
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