Biography – “My goal is to provide a safe and healing environment where one can reveal the hurts in their life, to uncover the pain, in order to achieve a life they feel is worth living.”
I have over 25 years of combined experience working in non-profit agencies as an advocate, coordinator, and clinical director, as well as working as a therapist in private practice clinics. I work with both adolescents and adults, providing individual, couples, family, and group therapy.
My specialties include working with the challenges of chemical dependency issues and other addictive behaviors such as shopping, eating disorders, and gambling. I help facilitate healing for people suffering from PTSD and trauma as the result of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse and neglect.
I provide an empathetic and relational experience to assist with the challenging and sometimes debilitating effects of anxiety, depression, dissociation, self-harm behaviors, and chronic pain. I have also worked extensively with individuals escaping human trafficking and domestic violence as well as helping people to rebuild their lives after incarceration.
I believe that people already possess the resiliency and strength needed to thrive rather than to just survive. My goal is to provide a safe and healing environment where one can reveal the hurts in their life, to uncover the pain of both the past and present, in order to achieve a life they feel is worth living. I incorporate an eclectic approach including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and mindfulness and meditation. I utilize both Eastern and Western approaches to assist in transforming the mind and helping one to create their own path to Emotional Healing and Well Being.
- Master of Social Work, University of New England; Undergraduate degree in Psychology, University of Southern Maine
- Clinical Member of EMDRIA, International Association of EMDR; Minnesota Women in Psychology; National Association of Social Workers
- Board Approved Supervisor for LGSW’s and LISW’s and interns from schools of Social Work, Psychology, and Marriage and Family Therapy
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
- Certification in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)
State of Minnesota Licensure
LICSW # 17448
Areas of Focus
Abuse/Violence, Academic Concerns, Acute Stress, ADHD/Learning Disorders, Adoption, Adolescents/Teens, Alcoholism/Chemical Addiction/Recovery, Anger, Anxiety, Bipolar, Borderline Personality, Children of Alcoholics, Chronic Disease/Pain/Terminal Illness, Conflict Resolution, Couples, Crisis Intervention, Depression/Mood Disorders, Dissociative Identity Disorders, Domestic Abuse, Dysfunctional Families, Eating Disorders, Gambling, Grief/Loss, Incarceration/Re-entry, Infertility/Abortion Recovery, LGBTQ/Gender Issues, Men's/Women's Issues, Military/Vets/Deployment, Pornography, Pregnancy/Post-Partum Depression, PTSD/Trauma, Rape/Sexual Abuse/Prostitution, Step Families, Suicide