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My approach to therapy

Therapy begins by listening to your story and understanding what you want. I work to build a safe, trusting, and compassionate therapy relationship. Change can happen within the context of this therapy relationship. I have an integrated, holistic approach to psychotherapy. This means that when I work with you I draw from knowledge about how the mind works, current research about neuroscience, attachment theory, cognitive therapy, and  psychodynamic therapy. I integrate mindfulness practices and creative expression into our work together.  We will discuss family history and how this affects you now. Working with me, you will gain insight into your emotional world, understand how you work, and learn what gives you comfort and contentment during difficult times. Through therapy you can develop new coping skills to help during times of anxiety or depression, gain understanding into your relationships, and make changes in your life so you can live more fully. 

My background and experience.

I am a licensed independent clinical social worker working in private practice. My experience includes working for 7 years at the Center for Grief, Loss and Transition where I provided psychotherapy for children, young adults, adults and couples who were experiencing loss, often traumatic or complicated grief. At the Center I also facilitated group therapy for people in trauma recovery. As an intern I worked in a college counseling center where I provided short term psychotherapy for college students experiencing a variety of mental health issues and relationship challenges. My background also includes art education in the community and schools. I am a committed yoga practitioner and practice mindfulness meditation. I feel all these things deeply influence my work as a clinician.

 

Education

Master's: Clinical Social Work (MSW), University of St Thomas and St Catherine University 

Bachelor's: Biology/Psychology, Hope College

Professional Organizations

National Association for Social Work, Minnesota Chapter (NASW)

Minnesota Society for Clinical Social Work (MSCSW)

Minnesota Coalition for Death Education and Support​ (MCDES)

Professional Training

Currently training in AIR Network Model for trauma

Internal Family Systems

Grief and Loss after Suicide

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Center for Spirituality and Healing, University of Minnesota

Mindfulness and Adolescents, Dan Siegel

Ambiguous Loss, Pauline Boss

Self-Compassion, Kristin Neff

Habits of Happy People

Sleep and the Brain

Grief and Addiction

Chemistry of Joy, Henry Emmons

Nourishing Intimacy, Tara Brach

MIndsight, Dan Siegel

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