I believe each of us has an innate and primary psychological need to be understood by others. Therefore, I strive to fully understand each client's individual perspective and unique life experience. I will not generalize your situation or focus on a diagnosis or label. I respect the dignity and worth of the individual, value self-determination, and don't view clients as unwell or ill. Rather, I view my clinical work as assisting individuals in seeking greater fulfillment and peace in their lives and believe all humans have the ability to tap into core health and a dimension of awareness that allows for greater equanimity, resilience, and creativity. We know through research studying interpersonal relationships, healing from loss/trauma, and researching studying the efficacy of psychotherapy that CARING in relationships promotes healing and growth. Caring for you and respecting you as an individual is at the root of my work. I look forward to meeting you and creating a caring path together as we explore the areas in which you seek growth.
I was born and raised in Dubuque, IA and have lived in four states. I lived in Chicago for 2 years after graduating from University of Iowa. After living in a Chicago, I moved to Madison, WI. After graduating from University of Wisconsin-Madison, I moved to the Twin Cities and have practiced in this area since 2005. I love the down-to-earth lifestyle and people of the mid-west and can't imagine practicing anywhere else in the country. I have felt at home ever since I arrived in the Twin Cities and appreciate all that it offers. I feel very fortunate to practice in an area with such kind and generous people. I also greatly value the diversity of this area and the varied recreational, spiritual, social, and educational opportunities it offers.