Licensed Mental Health Counselor
The core of my therapeutic philosophy embodies key concepts of good mental health (courage, integrity, tenacity, inspiration, and awareness). As a licensed mental health and nationally certified 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.
As a trained clinician in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), I will 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 have worked at Central College in Pella and have served as the director of the counseling center. I have maintained my private practice in Pella, as well.
It is my belief that through awareness, acceptance, and change, we can find ourselves experiencing 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 goals. Therefore, you may attain the personal growth you are striving for.
I accept Wellmark/BCBS and most out of state Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance (except the Mercy/CHI/Value Plan), and Midland’s 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.