I know what it’s like to be the "difficult child." I also know what it’s like to feel overwhelmed as an adult, who doesn’t?
I know how much relief can come just by having someone join you in your boat, to help you process and move past your old "junk" and to have some tools to help navigate the ups and downs that life throws our way.
My clients say the counseling process with me is compassionate, collaborative, organic, supportive and fun! They also say I'm the kind of person it's easy to just sit down and start sharing with. I spend a lot of time getting to know my clients and building a real relationship, I want you to feel known, accepted and cared for. You are the expert on your life and your concerns, my goal is to join your process and give you tools and resources to help with what you're going through.
I’m a bonus mom, a.k.a. step-mom, to two amazing kids who have been through more than their fair share of pain losing their mother and a wife to a hard-working high school math teacher.
I’m also a follower of Jesus, the ultimate healer and I believe that becoming whole is a continual process for all of us. I'm an active member of an Evangelical Free Church and you can read about my faith beliefs here. That said, I aim to provide what you need from the counseling experience and let you decide how much to focus on issues of faith and spirituality.
Education and Experience
I have been providing counseling services in a number of settings since 2012, including private practice, college counseling center and mental health coaching through health insurance. Outside of private practice I served as a coach for Cigna Behavioral Health, supporting individuals working through substance use, depression, bipolar and anxiety as well as parents of children with autism.
In the past, my love for the outdoors led me to facilitate group processes through ropes courses, guiding wilderness trips and serving in a variety of camp ministry positions.
Credentials and Associations
Licensed Professional Counselor through the MN Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy
Member of Minnesota Play Therapy Association
Member of Minnesota Association of Christian Counselors
Member of American Counseling Association
When I'm not in the office, I love spending time on the North Shore with my family, volunteering at a therapeutic horseback riding program, hanging out with the youth group at church or doing anything on the water.
I get excited about anti-trafficking efforts, like Starfish Project and joining with organizations that meet tangible needs.
1403 Silver Lake Rd., New Brighton, MN 55112
(appointments available in Oakdale, MN upon request)