Licensed Mental Health Counselor
The core of my therapeutic philosophy embodies key concepts of good mental health – courage, integrity, tenacity, inspiration, and awareness. It is my belief that through awareness, acceptance, and change, we can find happiness, compassion, and wisdom. With sensitivity and kindness, in a comfortable and supportive atmosphere, I will work to help you build on your strengths to identify and achieve life goal and attain the personal growth you are striving for.
As a licensed and nationally certified mental health counselor, I integrate complementary approaches of psychotherapy, incorporating a variety of methodologies and techniques, that are designed to help address life challenges and improve quality of life. I see adolescents (16 +) and adults for individual therapy. My areas of expertise include trauma, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, stress management, identity development, grief and loss, relationship and family issues, and low self-esteem. As a trained clinician in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), I incorporate this practice, as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and other evidence-based therapeutic techniques into my practice. In addition, I am a certified facilitator for The Body Positive and a certified instructor for PRI (Prevention Research Institute – PRIME For Life Risk Reduction Model for alcohol and drug education).
My graduate-level training occurred at Northwest Missouri State University where I received my master’s degree in counseling psychology. For the past 20 years, I worked at Central College in Pella where I served as the director of the counseling center. I maintained a private practice in Pella, as well.
I accept Wellmark/BCBS and most out of state Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance (except the Mercy/CHI/Value Plan), Cigna, Medica Insure (but not Medica Inspire by UnityPoint), and Midlands Choice. My private pay rate is $160 per appointment.
For questions, or to schedule an appointment with me, please request an appointment online or call me directly at 515-381-6791.
I look forward to meeting with you.