I started training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) almost 18 years ago at a small non- profit mental health clinic in the twin cities. Prior to that time, I provided therapy services for an inpatient mental health facility in Arizona, in addition to working for an Employee Assistance (EAP) program.
As an experienced clinician, I am most drawn to DBT and thrive on teaching skills groups. I incorporate psycho-educational, supportive, and cognitive-behavioral strategies. I specifically teach skills in mindfulness, relationships, coping with stress, and managing emotions. I believe that teaching with interactive strategies in group is most valuable (role play, sharing examples, small groups, etc).
In the work I do with clients, I find that the therapeutic bond and use of humor in treatment (healing laughter) are most important in addressing long-term, harmful patterns. Over many years of teaching DBT, I have seen incredible changes, including clients gaining self-esteem, improving their interpersonal skills, and achieving important goals. I am honest with clients that change from learning DBT skills does not happen quickly, but once the shift happens, it is clear and lasting. However, if a refresher in skills is needed, clients are always welcome to return.
My professional work at Choices is primarily DBT, however, I also have experience in multiple clinical areas including depression, anxiety, post-partum issues, work stress, senior issues, personal crises, relationship skills, chronic pain, diabetes, trauma, Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, grief, financial stress, and self-image. I welcome college students who are away from home, needing evaluation and emotional support to cope with the pressures of college.
I consider myself a therapist who is flexible and understanding, with clear boundaries and expectations about how to get the most out of treatment. I work with adults, ages 18+ from any race, culture, religious background, or sexual orientation. In DBT, therapists work together on a team, providing consultation and support to one another in order to provide the best services possible. I am able to provide brief phone consultation to answer any questions about my professional background or the DBT program at Choices.
BA – State University of New York
MSW – West Virginia University, 1993
LICSW – 1996
Borderline Personality Disorder
High Risk Behaviors
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
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.