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My approach to therapy is compassionate, collaborative, and intuitive.
I believe that everyone has the capacity for growth, healing and transformation. We have the ability to discover and awaken parts of ourselves that are innate and hidden by struggles in our lives. We have the ability to regain balance and become authentic.
After many years of working in Medical Social Work, I feel the need to incorporate body, mind, and spirit into the healing process and holistically look at how each individual uniquely heals. I have extensive experience with family preservation, trauma therapy, grief therapy, and substance abuse treatment. Incorporation of Art Therapy.
Education and Background
I graduated from Grand Valley State University with my Bachelor Degree in Psychology in 2004. I wanted to experience field work before going into my Master’s degree. I was able to work at Lockwood MacDonald Inpatient Mental Health Unit, a Community Free Clinic, and Wellspring Lutheran Services (formerly Lutheran Child & Family Service) working to preserve families and prevent children from being removed from the home. In 2011, I graduated with my Master’s Degree in Social Work from Grand Valley State University. I had the privilege of working in many different types of social work including Medical Social Work within a local hospital, DHS (working in CPS, Foster Care & Licensing), Hospice, Inpatient Substance Use Treatment facility, and for a local Medical Clinic providing clinical therapy and MAT services. During that time I established my Private Practice in 2016. My private practice has been primarily part time up until 2022 when I opened full time. I work primarily via telehealth with a new office in the works in the very near future.
Certified Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor (CAADC) credential
Specialties & Clinical Interests
- Alcohol Or Drug Use/Addictions
- Bipolar & Other Mood Disorders
- Divorce & Separation
- Domestic Abuse/Violence
- Eating Disorders
- Family Conflict
- Gender Identity
- Grief & Loss
- Pre-Marital & Marital Issues
- Substance Use Disorders
- Trauma & Ptsd
- Art Therapy
- Client-Centered Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
- Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Internal Family Systems (IFS)
- Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
- Trauma-Informed Therapy