About My Clients
Have you experienced moments of anxiety and depression and don’t know why? Are you feeling stuck in life? Are you asking yourself “now what?” and wondering what life moving forward will look like? Big life changes, both positive (such as retirement, becoming a new parent, marriage) and challenging (such as divorce, grieving the death of a loved one, receiving a life changing diagnosis), can bring a wide range of thoughts and feelings about what the change means for your life moving forward.
My Background and Approach
I graduated from St. Mary's University Minnesota in 2016. I'm a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Throughout my licensure journey, I have established a niche of navigating life transitions. Along with years of education, I have attended additional trainings specific to my speciality and have obtained a plethora of resources over the years; allowing me to effectively provide my clients with skills/strategies and knowledge to guide them through overcoming various life stressors/transitions; allowing them to live as their best selves. I hold value in clients working and making progress both during session and while going about their daily life. In navigating from this approach, I leave clients with "homework" each week to encourage and provide space for continued growth. Don't worry...exams and grades are not part of this approach! (When appropriate, humor is naturally incorporated in my sessions. I believe it to be an important part of building rapport *see Personal Beliefs*)
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
While guiding clients through their own therapy journey to becoming (or returning to) their best selves, I believe it is also important for my best self as a therapist to show up in each session. To make this possible, I am continuously discovering and building my best self both professionally and personally. This growth manifests in multiple ways; completing various trainings to fine tune my therapy specialities, engaging in self-improvement, and fulfilling other important areas in my life (family, friends, fitness, and theater). In working towards achieving our best selves, I believe therapy is most effective when clients are motivated/willing to engage. In addition, I value the importance of building trusting and safe relationships with my clients; if my clients don't connect with, feel safe with, or trust me how can I begin to make an impact? In doing this, I meet my clients where they're at while also challenging them when appropriate.