Whether you’re facing issues you’ve struggled with for many years, or you’ve experienced more recent difficulties or life changes, please know this: you’re not alone, and you don’t have to navigate life’s challenges alone. So often, we suffer far too long by waiting to ask for help, thinking we need to fix things on our own, or feeling as if things will never get better. Taking that first step in reaching out for help can feel intimidating, but it can also lead to renewed hope and the beginning of healing.
As a licensed psychologist, my goal is to facilitate the healing process by providing a safe place to share your story and explore those areas of your life that might feel painful or overwhelming. Since we are each equipped with unique strengths, we will spend time focusing on your particular strengths and how they can be engaged in the therapy process. It is my hope that as we work together, you will gain a sense of empowerment to set goals for yourself and to direct your own growth and change.
I enjoy working with individuals from all walks of life and a variety of different backgrounds. My areas of focus include depression, anxiety, grief and loss, trauma, abuse, addictions, eating disorders, and sleep disorders. I also work with couples and families to address marital and family issues, and I am a trained facilitator for Prepare/Enrich premarital counseling. I frequently draw upon cognitive behavior therapy and dialectical behavior therapy principles in working with my clients. A primary focus involves assisting clients to identify and challenge distorted, inaccurate, or negative beliefs, so they can begin to replace them with the truth.
As my faith is an important part of who I am as a person and as a therapist, I believe that faith and spirituality can be closely connected to mental and emotional well-being. For those looking for faith-based counseling, I strive to meet my clients where they are, and I can incorporate the components of faith, Biblical concepts, and prayer in a way that is personalized to the needs and wants of each individual. Clients can choose how they would like to integrate their faith into the therapy process as we work together to find hope and pursue healing.
I received my masters and doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University and am licensed with the Minnesota Board of Psychology. I have worked in a variety of settings, including mental health clinics, faith-based counseling agencies, and long-term care facilities. My clients have come from a variety of backgrounds and range in age from 3 to 99, and I have addressed a broad range of issues throughout my career as a psychologist.