Hello, and thank you for checking out my bio! I began my practice in the addictions field in 2003 and became a drug and alcohol counselor for several years. From there I moved into school social work, where I worked with students with special needs including learning disorders, autism, and behavioral challenges. I started clinical practice as a therapist in 2012 and have enjoyed providing therapy to people with varying concerns and diagnoses over the years. My focus areas include trauma, panic, phobias, ADHD, anxiety, depression, bipolar, psychosis, anger management, grief/loss, autism, addictions, family and parenting concerns, and adoption-related concerns.
I focus on building a therapeutic relationship with my clients, working together with them as a team to address issues that interfere with their quality of life. My style is collaborative and combines listening and support with teaching strategies that the client may use to manage or reduce their symptoms or stress. I frequently use humor and like to be sure that my clients enjoy our time together while also making progress on the problems that brought them to me.
Special Populations: I see clients of all ages, children and adults. I specialize in trauma and the brain’s response to difficult situations from the past.
Education: BA from University of Northern Iowa, MSW from the University of Iowa Typical Treatment Approaches: I am certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Flash Technique, Polyvagal Theory, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Collaborative Problem Solving, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Strengths-Based Approaches.