Healing can feel intimidating. We often become so accustomed to living in our discomfort that beginning to mend and repair feels intolerable, maybe even impossible. Therapy can provide you with a space to explore just how capable you are of overcoming life’s obstacles and challenges. Ultimately, we all deserve to feel seen, heard and understood. As a social worker, I am committed to building a therapeutic relationship wherein you feel free to show up as you are and safe in exploring life’s most vulnerable and complex topics without judgment. I seek to work together in establishing an environment rooted in empathy, trust, authenticity and empowerment. Truly, no one knows you better than yourself, and I am here to meet you where you’re at and encourage growth and change, however that may look for you.
I have experience working with children, adolescents and adults through individual, group and family therapy. More specifically, I have worked with adolescents in higher levels of care who were experiencing suicidal ideation, self-harming behaviors, school-related difficulties, aggression and behavioral concerns, trauma, and family conflict. I have also worked with adults experiencing severe and persistent mental illness, co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders and life transitions. Working within these systems has further informed my therapeutic approach, which is person-centered, strengths-based, trauma-informed, anti-oppressive and social justice oriented. I dedicate my practice to actively increasing my own awareness in challenging these systems, as well as being attentive to your intersecting identities and the ways these systems have impacted your mental health and lived experiences.
I specialize in working with families, adolescents and young adults. I received my bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Winona State University and my master’s degree in Social Work with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. I also have a minor in Applied and Professional Writing and am passionate about incorporating writing into my therapeutic practice for those who find healing in narration and storytelling.
In addition to writing, I enjoy immersing myself in nature, watching TV and movies (sometimes familiar comforts which I know the endings to), spending time with my loved ones, trying new hobbies and activities and hanging out with my cat, Penny.
I look forward to hearing your unique story and walking with you on your mental health journey!