I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with a master's degree in Counseling Psychology (2008) from the University of Minnesota at St. Mary's. My training includes cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), parent management techniques (PMT) for child behavior issues, and serving the LGBTQA community. Like most licensed providers, I continually seek new information to improve my understanding and ability to serve others.
I believe your mind and what you tell yourself are your most powerful tools. I start with an acceptance-based approach of where you are now while moving toward management of symptoms of anxiety, depression and other mood disorders, grief and loss, trauma, AD(H)D, and gender and non-binary challenges. When working with children and adolescents, I seek to empower them to make their wisest choices. With adults, I will always affirm that you are the expert in charge of your life. Treatment for all ages combines best practices for promoting positive and lasting change with or without medication. This includes mainly cognitive-behavioral strategies, solution-focused therapy, and existential therapy. Work in session is collaborative, and because one hour per week or two is usually not enough to enact lasting change, client work in between sessions is often encouraged.
While I enthusiastically work with individuals of all ages, I particularly enjoy helping youth ages 6-19 to build skills they need to understand emotions, explore new perspectives, communicate more effectively, and to be and value themselves.