Welcome! Seeking therapy and finding the right therapist isn’t always easy, so I’m glad you’re here. I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, Registered Play Therapist, and a MN Social Work Board approved supervisor who is passionate about treating and preventing mental health struggles. Yes, therapy can be preventive!
Therapy should be a safe space for people to work through life’s challenges. It should be just challenging enough to know you’re getting some work done but rewarding enough to keep you coming back. For this reason, I strive to have my work with clients be practical and down to earth, while also being able to have fun and find the humor in things when it’s needed and appropriate.
I specialize in working with children and young adults who might be experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and loss, ADHD, behavioral difficulties, school issues, family transitions, struggles with self esteem, and the variety of things that can come with growing up. Using a variety of evidence-based approaches such as Play Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Motivational Interviewing, Client Centered Therapy, and Sand Tray Therapy helps me tailor treatment to best meet an individual’s needs and preferences.
As a parent myself, I find enjoyment working with other parents and caregivers in therapy or doing parent coaching around different challenges or family situations that arise. I also have professional experience with foster care and adoption, and am a Certified Facilitator for a model called “Circle of Security” parenting.
When I’m not working, my time is often spent with family and friends, and long hours running trails (and maybe some extra sleeping here and there). I also enjoy reading, traveling, and learning and trying new things when I get the chance.
Blue Cross/Blue Shield
Adlerian Play Therapy
Circle of Security
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
Experiential Play Therapy
Filial Play Therapy
Sand Tray or Sand Play
Somatic Experiencing (SE)
Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF CBT)
Adoption Identity (i.e., self-worth, self-esteem)
Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Early Traumatic Experiences
Educational Consulting (IEP/504 Assistance)
Grief and Loss Related to Adoption
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
Sexual Abuse (Victim)
Adult (Ad. Parent - Individual)
Birth/First Parent/Family Work
Elementary Age (7-12)
Young Adult (19-25)
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