I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) currently practicing as a Mental Health Professional and Day Treatment Service Lead at Fraser Minneapolis. In this capacity, I help supervise preschool day treatment classrooms that utilize aspects from Developmental Repair and Early Start Denver Model, supervise clinical staff, and see outpatient clients. Fraser is a multi-site clinic that provides numerous outpatient pediatric services, including occupational therapy, speech therapy, feeding therapy, day treatment, and mental health services.
I completed my B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Art, in 2017 from the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, MN. I then completed my MSW in 2019 from the St. Kate’s – St. Thomas School of Social Work in St. Paul, MN.
I am also trained in Child Parent Psychotherapy, which is an evidenced-based intervention to assist children primarily aged 0-5 and their caregivers, in processing traumatic and highly stressful experiences that have caused ruptures in attachment relationships. I am also in progress of being certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which is an evidenced-based intervention to assist children in processing past traumas.
My primary practice has been with young children, with diagnoses including Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
As an individual with both personal and professional experiences related to adoption/foster care, I believe that one’s relationships with others is a main vehicle for change. I draw from Person in Environment, Strengths-based, Attachment, and Cognitive perspectives. Because adoption/foster care involves many issues related to grief and loss, trauma, security, trust, self-esteem, identity, and belonging, I strive to help individuals and families develop adaptive and secure relationships with one another and with themselves.
Blue Cross/Blue Shield
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
LifeBook/Life Story Work
Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF CBT)
Trauma-informed Child Parent Psychotherapy (TI-CPP)
Adoption Identity (i.e., self-worth, self-esteem)
Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Early Traumatic Experiences
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Elementary Age (7-12)
Young Child (3-6)
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