I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist providing mental health services for adolescents, adults, couples, and families. I received my Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fuller School of Psychology in Pasadena, CA and undergrad degree from Bethel University in St. Paul, MN. I have been licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist since 2007, practicing in Indiana prior to Minnesota. I have also served as a Licensed pastor over the past 17 years, receiving Master level pastoral training at Bethel Seminary in St Paul, MN.
My clinical experience includes issues related to parenting and attachment, marital issues, family conflict and communication, spiritual abuse, Christian counseling, third-culture experiences, Mood disorders, Trauma, crisis of faith, and vocational ministry. I am EMDRIA certified and utilize Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD), and DC:0-5 (working with children under 5 yrs old). I am also currently approved in the state of MN and SD to provide supervision to new mental health therapists. I have worked within a hospital based counseling center, community based mental health center, and in private practice.
I work from a perspective that values the inherent design of individuals to be healthy and fully alive participants in the pursuit of a world where every person is treated with grace and love. I work from a systems framework where my therapy is informed by schools of thought within Narrative therapy, Structural therapy, and Object Relations therapy. As a trauma informed therapist, I have a keen awareness of the impacts past events can have on current experiences. As a believer in Jesus Christ, I engage the life I’ve been given with gratitude and reverence for the work He is doing in the world and therefore the lives I have the gift of impacting.
I am a person who loves woodworking with hand tools, outdoors, canoeing, camping and dark roast coffee. I have a weakness for dark chocolate, glass bottled Coke and the authentic scent of pipe tobacco smoke.
Blue Cross/Blue Shield
Eye Movement Desensitization-Reprocessing (EMDR)
Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF CBT)
Adoption Identity (i.e., self-worth, self-esteem)
Divorce / Co Parenting
Early Traumatic Experiences
Educational Consulting (IEP/504 Assistance)
Grief and Loss Related to Adoption
High Conflict Families
Juvenile Justice Involvement
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
Adult (Ad. Parent - Individual)
Birth/First Parent/Family Work
Young Adult (19-25)
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