Areas of Practice
About the Therapist
My work as a provider in the field of Social Services includes over 20 years of working with children, adolescents, adults and families. I take a person-centered approach to the therapeutic process and begin with meeting my clients within the context of their everyday lives.
I received my Master of Social Work from the Indiana University South Bend, where I studied clinical intervention. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Wisconsin (#9387-123).
Cultivating collaborative client relationships, engaging in continuous training and studying evidence-based approaches to treatment are the foundations of my practice.
I look forward to meeting you and exploring the possiblitiy of working together.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive behavioral therapy begins with the process of identifying the conncection between thoughts, feelings and behaviors that are undesirable. Next you will work with your therapist to discover more about these connections and then develop strategies to restructure or eliminate these thoughts/behaviors. This process can be brief (6-12 sessions) or incorporated into a more in-depth treatment process.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR is a psychotherapy that allows healing for individuals who are living with ongoing emotional and/or physical disruptions, that are connected to disturbing events that occurred earlier in life. There are certain mental blocks that make it very difficult for other treatments to promote mental health. In these instances, EMDR can provide for quicker, more thorough healing. Disturbances that can be effectively treated include fear of speaking in public, feelings of intimidation or extreme fears, such as explosive-like noises and smells.
Mindfulness is the awareness that arises when paying attention to the present moment, with non-judgment. Strategies that are mindful-based can have a powerful impact on reducing the harmful effects of stress to the mind, body and spirit. These strategies include learning to attend to the breath and focus attention on the senses and develop a meditation practice.
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
This approach to change is about identifying the successes in a person’s life and focusing on the replication of those experiences. Because the individual is using skills they already have, the process can be shorter because new skills do not need to be learned. By using this method, individuals increase their feelings of hopefulness and begin to view their problems from a position of positive power.
This treatment approach takes the view that people are separate from their problems. The process is about identifying the “stories” of our lives and recurring themes. By “re-authoring” these stories, we can see that people are multi-faceted with many strengths and gifts.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills (DBT)-Individual Focused
DBT uses CBT and Mindfulness Strategies to help those dealing with emotional regulation issues and difficulty tolerating distress. By learning to accept reality and use change-based skills it is possible to experience more joy and peace.
Contact for More Information
Hours: Available by appointment Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM.