Individual, Family, and Groups Therapist
I graduated from St. Bens in 1993 and then lived in an intentional community while volunteering full-time as a women’s homelessness shelter. I decided to continue volunteering out of the country so I spent 2 months in Guatemala to learn Spanish and then moved to Panama where I worked with a team in community organizing for 2 years. When I returned I worked for Catholic Charities with low-income and refugee pregnant women in the Twin Cities. In 2008 I moved to Northern California and spent 8 years working in child protection. During this period I decided to pursue more education and obtained my master’s degree from San Francisco State University. I moved back to MN and obtained my clinical license. Then I worked as an in-home infant/toddler therapist for a year until the program funding ran out. For 5 subsequent years I worked as a school-linked mental health therapist in two high schools, although I took a one year position as the therapist in a partial hospitalization program for children and adolescents. I opened a private outpatient practice in 2015 and am now joining the Paragon team as an individual and family therapist.
I weave a variety of modalities into therapeutic relationships and intervention. I believe that the relationship with the client is the most powerful factor in healing and transformation. Among the types of therapy I typically use are:
- CBT: Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- solution focused
- race/class/gender/cultural issues
- ACT: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- person in environment
- DBT dialectical behavioral therapy skills
I am an avid MN Lynx women’s basketball team fan. I like playing board games and online solitaire. I’m a vegetarian and I love coffee.
Master’s Degree: Master of Social Work; child protection and social development focus
Bachelor’s Degree: Bachelor’s in Psychology and French, minor in Theology
Licensure: MN Board of Social Work – Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
SPECIAL CLINICAL INTERESTS
Adolescents: Yes – my favorite!