LICENSED MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELOR
As a therapist, I believe that supportive and nonjudgmental relationships can be a powerful force for change and, in my practice, therapy begins with the development of this relationship between the client and myself. I utilize a direct approach and incorporate humor as appropriate to build a trusting relationship where real change can start to occur. I will partner with you to identify strengths and goals, build skills, and work towards meaningful change in your life.
Before becoming a therapist, I was a teacher, and I believe that much of the success in therapy is learning about yourself. I don’t see my role as a therapist as one that is teaching you about yourself, but rather helping to guide you to a place of better understanding and self-awareness as a way to promote positive growth.
I work with adults who struggle with co-occurring mental health and substance use issues, as well as families, friends and loved ones of addicts and alcoholics. I also work with adults who experience a broad range of issues including depression and other mood disorders, anxiety, trauma and trauma-related disorders, grief, relationship conflict, and employment concerns. I utilize a person-centered, holistic approach and a variety of evidence-based practices including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) to address both mental health and substance use concerns.
I received my bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida in 2000, and my master’s degree at Drake University in 2012.
I accept Wellmark/BCBS and out of state Blue Cross Blue Shield plans, some Cigna/Midlands Choice, Medica Insure and Medica-UHC (but not Medica Inspire by UnityPoint), Optum, UMR, and UHC/UBH, and Iowa Total Care.
For questions, or to schedule a session with me, please request an appointment online or call my direct line at 515-393-6650.