My focus for the past 19 years has always been mental health, although I have 15 years of experience with dual diagnosis treatment
(mental health and chemical use disorders). I have extensive experience working with diverse populations, and it is my personal goal to create a safe therapeutic environment for you regardless of your age, gender, race, sexual orientation or religious affiliation.
``It all started with a bad trip to a therapist back when I was a kid...``
No, really, it did. As a teenager who “struggled,” as we all do, I asked myself what I really needed from a therapist. My answer was clear – empathy and a non-judgmental environment – and I have built my practice on these principles (a little humor doesn’t hurt either). Whether you are battling depression, struggling with addiction, going through a painful loss or need someone to “just listen,” my goal is to provide an environment where you feel valued and heard. Healing is a journey, and sometimes we all need someone to 11walk beside us11 to offer encouragement, support, and some objective – yet caring feedback. You have all the tools you need to achieve your goals for therapy; my role is to help you rediscover those tools and your own personal gift of insight.
I launched my career over 25 years ago working with individuals and families in crisis, promoting their sense of empowerment while helping to preserve their integrity. Since then I have raised a family, worked in a variety of settings, and earned my Master’s degree in Human Development with an emphasis on individual and marriage and family therapy. As a licensed therapist with years of professional, as well as parenting and life experience, I seek to provide a safe, hopeful and supportive environment, conducive for growth and healing as people work through transitions, individual and/or relational issues and loss.
Therapy, generally, is one component as people work to resolve emotional or relational challenges. Truly, it only works if you are fully engaged in seeking change and positive SELF-CARE—physically, socially, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually. Therapy is NOT a “cure-all” and I am NOT a “miracle worker.” In fact, I plan to work myself out of a job as you find your answers! Much of successful therapy depends upon how hard you are willing to work outside of the therapy session to make your life different. As a fellow human, I am available to listen non-judgmentally and hopefully, with validating empathy. As a professional therapist, I may have some information and/or ideas on how you can discover what will resolve your problem and help you attain peace & wellness.
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
BA Psychology – University of Wisconsin Madison 1998
MSSW – School of Social Work, University of Wisconsin Madison 1999
Borderline Personality Disorder
Seasonal Affective Disorder
Sexual Orientation Issues (Gay/Lesbian)
Sexually Diverse Clients (Kink/BDSM/Polyamory)
St. Louis Park, MN
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.