As a therapist, I strive to build a relationship based on trust and empathetic listening. I have a passion for helping people move through the hardships they might be facing in their lives. I feel it is important to provide an environment that is safe, supportive, non-judgmental, and confidential. I realize therapy is not a "one-size-fits-all" approach and I will work with you to help you build skills that are effective for you. Together we will evaluate your progress and work to build the right path that works best for you. I believe we all have struggles in this journey through life and finding a third person who is not directly involved with your situation can be very beneficial in helping you heal. I will help you gain insight into your life, identify negative thought patterns, and challenge you to think "outside of the box". During the time we spend together, we will focus on strength-based and person-centered treatment.
I currently work with adults and young adults. I have worked with individuals who have experienced severe trauma, anxiety, depression, grief, feelings of low self-worth, stress management issues, distressed interpersonal relationships, problems at work, schizoaffective disorder, social isolation, boundary setting, adjustments to life changes, and individuals who are in need of safety plans due to suicidal behaviors and ideation. I use several therapeutic approaches such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Dialectic Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and mindfulness. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR.) I have found these approaches to be very successful in treating PTSD, anxiety, and changing the negative scripts individuals have about themselves. Together with the therapeutic approaches mentioned above and your life experiences, I look forward to helping you achieve a healthier and happier life.
Outside of work, I am a member of the Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities and a member of the advisory committee for the Minnesota Disability Law Center. I enjoy spending time with my family, my animals, and near Lake Superior. My undergraduate degree is in Legal Studies with Mediation Diversity from the University of Superior Wisconsin, and my graduate degree is from The College of St. Scholastica.
I look forward to having the opportunity to work with you.