I have had the honor of supporting others in healing and growth for over 10 years, in a variety of therapeutic settings. As a relational therapist, I am passionate about working with teens, individuals, couples, and families. I specializes in supporting those who have been touched by adoption, grief, loss, trauma, and hurt from religion, as well as people who desire increased connection, to explore personal identity, and to find an authentic belief system or spirituality. I create an open and inviting space for others to engage in deep introspective reflection that helps foster creativity, authenticity, and expansion. I lean on depth-oriented, attachment, and existential therapies, and utilize play, experiential interventions, creativity, as well as insight and awareness to help foster healing.
As a lover of nature, I enjoy spending time outdoors in all four Minnesota seasons. A musician, potter, climber, and aspiring gardener, I believe in the healing power of time outside, creating, and authentic conversation. I love experiencing new places and learning as much as I can, through books and lived experience. I found my way to the Twin Cities by way of North Dakota, Chicago, and Denver, and currently live in Saint Paul with my husband and dog, Roo. Previously in addition to private practice, I worked at Macalester College as a Mental Health Counselor, was the Director of Student Services at the Denver Family Institute, supported clients in her private practice and at the PASS Center (Post Adoption Support Services) in Denver, and provided in-home family therapy with Maple Star Colorado.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a Nationally Certified Counselor, and a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. I hold a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, a Post-Graduate Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy, and a Bachelor of Arts in Family Studies. I have completed advanced trainings related to adoption, attachment, trauma, and theology, including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP), and Trust Based Relational Interventions (TBRI). I have had the opportunity to speak on topics related to adoption, attachment, trauma, parenting, and interpersonal stress, as well as travel to China with the nonprofit Adopteen (a division of Chinese Children Adoption International) in 2017 and 2018 for service trips to local orphanages.