I earned my Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado in 2009 and my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Washington in 1999. I specialize in working with teenagers and adults on many issues including depression, anxiety, mood disorders, personality disorders, grief and loss, and relationship issues to name a few. My passion is working with women who have been through some type of trauma and are experiencing difficulty functioning in the present moment.
I employ a wide range of skills, but I truly believe that the foundation of therapy is based on a solid therapeutic relationship. I am a strong promoter of self care. I have been intensively trained in DBT, which focuses on emotional regulation, distress tolerance, mindfulness, and interpersonal effectiveness. I am also trained in EMDR which is specifically designed to help people struggling with trauma.
I have worked in various fields since earning my degree including work with autistic children, the foster care system and finally, in community mental health since 2009.
I am originally from South Dakota. I moved to Washington to earn my Bachelor’s degree and then Colorado where I lived for fourteen years. I have one daughter, and when she was ready to go to school I decided to move back to South Dakota to be near family and raise her in the same small town community that I was lucky to grow up in.
I enjoy walking, yoga, reading, cooking, and traveling when I am not working. Friends and family are very important to me and finding ways to stay connected with them is a priority. I truly believe in balance and self-care, and strive to practice this on a daily basis.
I am excited to meet you where you are and assist in your journey in whatever way I can. I believe therapy can be an amazing tool in helping create the life that you deserve to have.