I believe in bringing resiliency and empowerment into people’s lives. I have found that the stories of our lives can be powerfully moving and entrapping. Since I was a child, I have always loved the Wizard of Oz. The characters eventually discover that they always had the brains, heart, and courage they thought were lost. Life is not as simple as clicking one’s heels three times to get back home, but much of my therapy style is about discovering strengths that we may have had all along.
In my work, I believe it is important to empower others to consciously narrate their lives. I value helping people through empowerment, nurturance, and education. I am an innovative provider and enjoy creativity in the therapy room. I utilize a strengths based approach in therapy and see the therapy as a collaborative process. I am passionate about helping individuals find confidence and courage, and I admire their resilience.
I enjoy working with children (3 and older), adolescents, adults, and families. I have experience as a home-based family therapist specializing in autism spectrum disorders, sexual abuse, and general mental health concerns. I have also been a school social worker in both general and special education settings. As a certified handler through Pet Partners, I can involve my dog, Adina, into my work with clients.
BSW and MSW, University of Kansas, Lawrence KS (2008, 2009)
Animal-Assisted Therapy Handler (Pet Partners, 2013)
Minnesota Society of Clinical Social Workers
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Serious And Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI)
Sexual Orientation Issues (Gay/Lesbian)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Our clinical team is diverse and in keeping with our vision this allows for choice. We merge personal background and experience, education, creativity, and passion into a professional vision: commitment to diversity in both theory and practice. We make every effort to assign clinicians with respect to a client’s and/or family’s therapeutic and cultural needs.
Think of us as your cheerleaders on the sidelines. You've seen it, the smile, the simple nod of the head. Small gestures that say: we understand, we are listening and we are here for you. That's who we are.