I was born and raised in Marion, IA. I attended the University of Iowa for my undergraduate training where I received my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. During my undergraduate experience, I had the opportunity to do research in a Child Development lab that focused on the social-emotional dynamics between parents and children. I was also able to work with families suffering from extreme poverty in the Dominican Republic as part of a volunteer program. These unique experiences influenced me to become a Marriage and Family Therapist.
I received my Master’s degree in Applied Family and Child Studies with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northern Illinois University. As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), I utilize systemic thinking, which is looking beyond an individual and observing how their surrounding environments/relationships are impacting them. I find this approach to be highly effective in therapy, as changing a person’s surroundings allows for greater individual growth.
I have experience providing therapy at a community mental health facility where I worked with a wide variety of clients and issues. I have worked with children, adolescents and adults and am trained in individual, couples, family and group
therapy. The majority of my clinical experience was obtained at a psychiatric hospital where I worked collaboratively with a team to treat patients with chronic mental illness. I have worked mostly with adolescents, families and young adults.
I believe that everyone is worthy of being able to share their story in a supportive, non-judgmental environment. I feel privileged to be a part of someone’s journey to understanding their past, being aware of the present and setting goals for their future. The therapeutic approaches that I utilize include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Structural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Solution-Focused Therapy and Experiential Therapy.
Areas of Clinical Focus
My clinical focus includes, but is not limited to: anxiety, depression, trauma, low self-esteem, grief/loss, self-injury, communication issues, life transitions, parent education, stress management, developmental disorders, co-dependency, separation/divorce and behavior modification. I am currently the Family Specialty Team Lead.
Pre-Clinical Member, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy