I am a Licensed Certified Social Worker and live in Aberdeen, SD. Aberdeen has always been home as I was born and raised here. After graduating high school, I moved to Vermillion, SD and attended the University of South Dakota and received my bachelor's degree in Social Work. After graduating with my bachelor's degree, I moved back to Aberdeen, and started my master's degree in social work through the University of South Dakota as well.
I am passionate about serving the Aberdeen area giving back what it gave me while growing up here. Throughout my high school years, I battled depression and anxiety after a head injury. Asa high schooler trying to make sense of my brain and mental health, as well as everything else that comes along with being a high schooler, it was very challenging to say the least. I attended counseling myself in high school, and that is when I found that my passion lies within the mental health field and helping adolescents, as well as adults, struggling with mental illness or just general life experiences. This stage of my life was a blessing in disguise as it led me to my true, authentic self, which is serving and advocating for individuals struggling with mental illness.
I enjoy working with adolescents using psychoeducation, CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), ACT (Acceptance and commitment therapy, and IFS (Internal Family Systems) to increase and improve overall psychological flexibility. I also enjoy and have experience working with adults. I tailor the psychoeducation, CBT, and other therapy modalities to fit each individual client and their needs/struggles. While I was employed in the community mental health setting, I gained experience and knowledge working with ages ranging from 12-50, as well as families, and applied the therapy modalities listed above and more. I have treated and provided services to individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, personality disorders, and more. It is my goal to meet each client where they are, and help them navigate and grow in a healthy, positive manner.
In my spare time, I enjoy hanging out with my family, friends, and my dog! If I am not doing one of those, you can find me napping or possibly at Target!