I believe that everyone has strengths and can heal and thrive. From my work with others and from my own life experience, I know that healing and recovery happen in relationships with friends, family, partners, neighbors, coworkers, and therapists. Healing is holistic encompassing all of who we are. Our feelings, thoughts and behaviors as well as our physical health, culture, ethnicity, spirituality, education/employment, and finances are all connected. Therapy is most effective when it is collaborative and tailored specifically for each individual. I encourage everyone to build a strong and positive support system. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with people to reach their goals and improve their lives.
Aspects of ourselves that we may see as weaknesses can also be unique strengths. We all can find our own voice.
I have practiced as a clinical social worker and therapist for over 25 years and provided leadership in nonprofit social service agencies for over 15 years. My training was in psychodynamic therapy and I have additional experience with Mindfulness, DBT, Motivational Interviewing, and Cognitive Behavioral strategies.
I have a special interest in mindfulness, chemical health problems, women’s issues, career coaching, and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender concerns. I also have experience working with people to address depression, anxiety, trauma and abuse, spirituality, grief and loss, Schizophrenia, work/career issues, major life transitions and medical problems. I really enjoy providing clinical supervision for therapists and also mentoring and consultation to new leaders. I have been a diversity trainer and have worked to create services that are welcoming to everyone regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, disability or economic status.
M.S.W., Smith College School for Social Work
M.A., Religious Studies, University of Chicago
B.A., Wesleyan University
Completed Women’s Addiction Services Leadership Institute, sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association (SAMHSA) and Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT)
Borderline Personality Disorder
Gay & Lesbian Issues
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Seasonal Affective Disorder
Serious And Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI)
St. Louis Park, MN
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.