I completed my Master's degree at Northern State University and am dually licensed in substance abuse and mental health counseling with over 25 years of experience in behavioral health. I have worked with people ranging in age from adolescents to adults 65+, and have a passion for working with adolescents and their families.
My experience includes working with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, addictions, codependency, self-destructive behaviors, chronic relapse, abuse history, suicidal thoughts, generational trauma, and more. When working with families I use a systems approach and have completed advance training with the Family Trauma Institute in the Family Systems Trauma model.
My approach to counseling is Integrative and I commonly use Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Experiential Therapy, and Somatic Experiencing among others. I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP). I believe any approach is best based on a collaborative, strength-based, and brain science informed practice. Because we don't all express ourselves in the same way, in my office you will find a variety of expressive tools including art supplies and a sand tray.
Outside of work I enjoy gardening, cooking, crafting, photography, and spending time with my family. Being in nature is very calming to me, but I don't like the cold so I enjoy the snow through my living room window as much as I can during the winter. My biggest life lesson so far has been that life is about change and being flexible. The more I can practice letting go of things or experiences, the easier the transitions are. I continue to develop these skills with regular meditation practice and would love to help you find what works for you.