My Approach to Helping
Facing life's challenges demands courage and the benefits are great. Our problems can change when we view them through a new lens. Is there something preventing you from living your life goals or finding happiness? Working with me, clients are empowered to make meaningful change in a safe and supportive environment. Together, we can explore what is holding you back from experiencing life the way you would like it to be.
I am experienced in helping clients with relationship struggles, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, and parenting challenges. I use family therapies, EMDR, mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and interpersonal neurobiology.
Are you overcome with anxiety in work or life situations? When you think about where you are in life, is there a feeling of overwhelmed or fear? Are you struggling with cooperation from your children? Do you find it hard to emotionally regulate yourself while trying to parent? There are many ways we can problem solve together to help increase positive interactions with the most important areas in your life.
More Info About My Practice
At the University of Minnesota, I coach military families and couples on evidence-based parenting practices and techniques. As an Army brat myself, I am passionate about the needs of military families and enjoy working with those who grew up in the culture.
Being a therapist is a second career for me. I have worked in journalism and health care, helping me understand work-life balance issues, depression, anxiety, child issues, sexual abuse, trauma, and physical abuse. I am comfortable helping my clients explore religious and spiritual influences. I am open and affirming of the full range of gender and spiritual identities.
How Psychotherapy Can Help
Many people and friends ask all the time, "What do you do as a therapist? How does talking help?" My first response is to thank them for asking the question, because it's natural to be be curious about the therapy process. Psychotherapy, when performed with a trained professional, can help people think about their experiences in different ways they may not have before. An example would be, take a moment to remember the first time you accomplished an exciting goal. Take a few more minutes to imagine what you felt in your body at the time, where did you feel that sense of accomplishment? How did you use your natural strengths and intuition to accomplish the goal? Let's use some of those same feelings of empowerment to face your struggles today.