Author and Theologian, Frederick Buechner believed that we are called to a place where our deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet. I have found my purpose in this world as a therapist; joining with others and seeing them exactly where they are in the moment. Without agenda. Without judgment. I believe that all people have immeasurable value and worth, and I experience deep gratitude in building relationships rooted in vulnerability and openness, while sitting with others in their pain and struggle.
Prior to my work as a therapist, I spent 12 years working for non-profit organizations in pursuit of justice. My heart’s desire is to live in a world with less hurt, more compassion, and greater awareness of each other. As someone born and raised outside of Chicago, IL, I know how to be direct and firm in love. We will work together to reduce suffering, through being authentically present. Having completed my Master’s degrees in both marriage and family therapy, and theology, I am comfortable exploring both spiritual and non-spiritual beliefs.
For most of my 20s and 30s I worked with teenagers and absolutely adore them! I like to say when working with teens that my “inner junior high boy” will always be a part of me. I giggle internally when people use the word “duty” in a sentence, embrace inappropriate humor, and find it my personal goal to help all teens accept their awkwardness by being the most awkward one in the room! 🙂 When I see the hurt that teens are dealing with today, my heart is drawn toward bringing hope, laughter, joy, and healing into their individual and family experiences.
I have also have a passion for working with adults and couples. Drawing from my own experiences of hurt, pain, joy, and hope, and from living as an empathetic person in the world for over 40 years, I find it comes naturally to connect to others in their experiences, both positive and challenging. And, I believe that connection brings healing. This informs all my work with couples and with individuals.
I work from an attachment and neurological perspective and believe that we must do more than talk in therapy to affect lasting change. Our brains are fascinating and wonderful places, yet sometimes the wiring that happens in our childhood or a challening event impacts our functioning. While talk therapy is important, it is not the only way to healing.
In sessions with me you will have the opportunity to learn about your brain through psychoeducation (knowledge is power, right?) and use a variety of tools and resources including bi-lateral stimulation via vibration or eye movement, the Alpha-Stim, and internal mindfulness/visualization practices to help create lasting change.
I have worked in a variety of settings as therapist, including private practice, intensive outpatient services in hospital units, and as a family therapist at an adolescent residential treatment facility. Whether my office is filled with people or we are working one-on-one, my goal is to make sure that everyone feels safe, seen, heard, and experiences less suffering.
I work with teen and adult clients experiencing anxiety, depression, self-harming behaviors, suicidal ideation, family conflict, marriage conflict, infidelity, trauma/PTSD, borderline personality disorder, premarital counseling and more.
AIR (Adaptive Internal Relational) Network-Spring 2019
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)- 2018
EFT – Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples – 2016
Gottman Method Couples Therapy-Level 1 – 2016
TF-CBT (Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) -2014
DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) -2014
Prepare and Enrich Certified – 2013
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about me. I hope to meet you and do this exciting and challenging work together!
In 2019 I began volunteering with Camp Gratitude. This is a free week-long family camp in MN for active and retired military and their families. To learn more about Camp Gratitude, to donate, or to get involved, check them out on Facebook or by clicking here.