Do you ever feel like you have a really mean voice in your head? Like an inner bully who just won't leave you alone? Trying to navigate everything life throws at you while that inner bully invalidates you can be too much to handle on your own. That's where I can help; my style of therapy focuses on turning down the volume of that inner bully and turning up the volume on your inner cheerleader. As a mom of 3, 1 who is trans and 1 who identifies as a demi girl. I promise you will be entering a safe, non- judgmental environment where your therapist is very aware of the impact of heterosexist society and cisgender privilege.
I provide therapy to help clients across the lifespan achieve a sense of empowerment and motivation. As a counselor, my goals are for you to arrive at the session feeling safe and comfortable; and to leave, feeling understood, empowered, and positively challenged.
Prior to completing formal training, I worked in community outreach as a peer counselor for an organization known as Teen Panel. After completing my undergraduate work, I went onto work as an in-patient therapist for Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital. I completed my graduate training with Capella University where I achieved her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Through my work at various levels of mental health care, I am more than willing to collaborate with families, teachers, school counselors, and case managers.
I am comfortable working with a diverse client base. I specialize with children and engage in play therapy that allows for both increased awareness as well as the much- needed cathartic release. I am very comfortable utilizing creative and innovative techniques to help children and adolescents express themselves. I am also trained in exposure therapy which is an important part of the treatment process for my clients who struggle with PTSD and eating disorders. I offer both meal and snack time appointments to help my clients become more comfortable with the dynamics of healthy eating. While I did extensive studies on non-nuclear families during my graduate work, I also have first- hand experience being in a blended family which allows me to provide a very relatable approach and help families develop effective problem- solving strategies. One of my main focuses is empowerment which plays a major role in all of my specialties including anxiety, depression, self-injury conflict resolution, anger management, life transitions, and conflicts specific to the LGBTQ+ population.