My Approach to Helping
I have worked in the mental health field with children, youth, and families since 1990. This experience includes work in the areas of outreach, counseling, intensive therapeutic treatment and mental health clinic administration. In 2000 I founded CHAPS Academy, Inc., an equine assisted youth suicide prevention and intervention organization and served as the agency's CEO from its inception until September of 2014 when I joined the University as a full time Academic Faculty Member. I have a history of being a Social Innovator and Entrepreneur with a passion for creating new and better ways to serve those living in my community. I was recently named Mental Health Advocate of the Year from the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Association. My specialty is children and families, particularly within trauma, intervention and de-escalation. I enjoy working with seniors, and am well-known for my success in marriage counseling. I am a Clinician who understands that it is not easy to seek help and know that too often families and individuals feel judged by the professionals who are supposed to help. My clients say that I have a deep level of understanding and respect for them. They feel very comfortable that I do not judge or over-react and that I am someone that can be trusted.