I’m a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker who received my Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of St. Thomas/St. Catherine University. I believe firmly in my calling to psychotherapy and consider it to be an incredible privilege to walk beside others experiencing difficult times, to witness the incredible strength and resiliency in the human journey we call life. I believe with my whole being that every one of us possesses the ability to heal. I am here to support you on that journey as you lean into hard places.
I had the honor of working in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) while obtaining my bachelor’s degree. I then spent 9 years working in an ER setting post graduate degree, assessing children, adolescents, and adults experiencing mental health crises. I have walked beside families as they navigate multiple losses and stressors associated with having a baby born prematurely or with medical complications. I have supported families experiencing the excruciating loss of their baby and/or older child.
I am so grateful that I was able to spend several years at home raising my 4 kiddos who are now big people and crazy amazing resilient humans. To this day, they continue to keep me on my toes. They have challenged and stretched me in so many ways, and for that I am grateful. We survived hard things together! I’ve wished for do-overs in the parenting department a million times, but I am content in knowing I am human who made mistakes and my people love me for who I am. As a family, then and now, we do our best to support and love each other especially through hard times.
After my years at home with the kids, I had the privilege to again use my passion and strengths to work with and walk alongside families experiencing difficult circumstances in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) setting. In this environment, I truly found my desire to understand trauma responses and how they impact us on the most visceral level in body, mind, and soul.
As a Clinical Traumatologist, I hope to help you understand how trauma not only has impact at the time of the event, but also long after. It can creep into our present daily lives and does so often without our knowledge or invitation, and it gets in the way! I wish to help you come to a place of comfort and contentment with the ebbs and flows of the unknown of life ahead.
Through somatic body based work, EMDR, mindfulness based stress reduction, and an attachment based relational lens, I strive to provide a holistic, integrative approach to mental health therapy allowing healing in a new way. This holistic trauma informed humanistic approach also utilizes a strengths-based perspective. Mind/body connection in the healing process changes our ability to live each day in our full potential as a human being. Together, we will create a personalized treatment plan to work toward wellness and healing in a way that feels right for you.