I’ve been a therapist for over 10 years and I’ve been an instructor for over 6 years. Currently I’m an adjunct instructor at Lindenwood’s Master’s in counseling program. I’m also a wife and mother to my 4-year-old son, infant daughter, and two miniature dachshunds. As a person, I have always been very interested in relationships and the change process, and truly believe that healing is possible with the right support. I am very respectful of your perspective and see it as an honor to take part in your healing and change. Social justice and valuing diversity are important values to me, and I strive to make my practice a safe place for everyone.
I specialize in working with young people, families, and couples, as well as trauma survivors. I’ve always loved working with children because of the special ways they see the world and communicate with others. At times I see young people individually, and use play therapy along with other strategies specifically for young people. Other times, I do family therapy, to improve communication, heal hurt feelings, decrease anger/conflict, decrease defiance, and help home become a good place for everyone.
I also specialize in couples therapy. Partnerships are not easy, and sometimes problems become overwhelming. I work with couples experiencing a range of problems, including communication problems, power/control issues, trust issues, and infidelity. After therapy, many couples begin to communicate better, trust each other more, and develop healthier relationships overall.
Much of my counseling experience has been helping clients heal from a range of traumatic events. Trauma can really wreak havoc on all areas of a person’s life, but there are many trauma treatments that can really help. Some traumas also come from physical and emotional neglect in infancy and childhood, leading to what we call attachment problems. When this occurs I often work with the family on ways to heal the disrupted attachment.
First and foremost, developing a strong therapeutic bond is important, and I will always prioritize my therapeutic relationship with you and/or your family. I will give you a confidential, emotionally safe place to work through your struggles. From there, we collaborate to decide the best way to actively take on your therapy goals together. There are many different routes in therapy, and depending on your history, problems, and needs, I will explain treatment options, and we will decide what kind of therapy to do. Evidence-Based treatments are those that have been researched and found to be effective. I’m certified and/or trained in the approaches listed below. While I don’t always use a specific evidence-based approach, my work is always guided by the most cutting-edge research on what works in therapy.
Mohealth, MOCARE, Anthem BCBS, Cigna, United Healthcare/Optum, Out-of-Network
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