I specialize in working with a variety of mental health concerns. I have worked with adults, young adults, and adolescents (16 and older) struggling with perinatal & postpartum concerns, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Acute Stress Disorder, Anxiety, Depression, OCD, and Adjustment Disorder. My experience in the mental health field began in 2010, when I worked at The Chrysalis Center and The Joy Project in Minneapolis as a support group facilitator for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, alcohol and drug addiction, and eating disorders. Shortly thereafter I started pursuing a career, formally, as a counselor while gaining experience as a mental health professional working with adults with severe and persistent mental illness.
While working toward an M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Marquette University, I worked at an organization dedicated to empowering and helping survivors of sexual trauma. It was there that I learned how to provide trauma-informed crisis counseling, individual and group therapy, and developed a passion for the effective treatment of PTSD. After graduating in 2012, I began working at Rogers Memorial Hospital in the partial hospitalization PTSD programs. Then an opportunity to assist in opening and running the first FOCUS partial hospitalization mood disorders program arose. I provided treatment for young adults and adults with disorders such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and comorbid diagnoses utilizing evidenced-based individual and group interventions. Witnessing the strength and perseverance of the individuals I worked with continues to fuel my passion for helping young adults and adults during transitional times in their lives, even when “feeling better” is seemingly impossible.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) are the primary approaches I use in my work with clients. I also use Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), which has been proven to be very effective when working with individuals with Anxiety Disorders such as OCD, Social Anxiety, and PTSD.
Overall, all of the therapeutic techniques I implement are grounded in scientific research and proven to be effective in various outcome studies. Most importantly, I continue to use these approaches because I have personally witnessed the growth and transformation that can occur when using them and it is truly inspiring.