Hi! I work with adults in person in St. Paul, MN and online in Minnesota, North Dakota, and Florida. I'd love to hear from you!
Licensed Clinical Social Worker in St. Paul, MN
I completed EMDRIA-approved EMDR Therapy Basic Training Program in 2017 and frequently use EMDR to help clients heal from trauma and PTSD. I also am certified in Prolonged Exposure therapy, another evidence-based treatment for PTSD, and I assess each client's situation to learn which modality will help them the most.
I am certified in clinical hypnosis by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. I use hypnosis frequently in my practice to help clients enhance their ability to cope with stress and difficulty, to manage pain, and access internal strengths and resources.
I am certified in clinical hypnosis by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. I use hypnosis frequently in my practice to help clients enhance their ability to cope with stress and difficulty, to manage pain, and access internal strengths and resources. Clients choose if they would like to involve clinical hypnosis in their therapy, and we discuss whether clinical hypnosis may help you prior to engaging in a hypnotic session.
I have been a Diplomate of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy since 2014, which means that I have completed extensive training and study of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. While I find many of the tools of CBT useful, I find the transformative power of CBT to be in identifying and changing core beliefs about the self. I am not a "CBT Purist" -- I incorporate Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Internal Family Systems, and Psychodynamic therapy into my work as well.
I am a neurodivergent-affirming therapist. This means that I don't view autism as a problem to be solved, but as a difference to be accommodated, as well as a set of strengths to be celebrated. I am neurodivergent myself and have many family members diagnosed with autism. I love helping autistic people find their calm, appreciate their value, and find their path in the world.
I have worked for many years with people with chronic pain, and I am a chronic pain experiencer myself. We are often told that chronic pain is something that we must "learn to live with." In my experience, we can actually learn to change our relationship to pain so that it is less of a main character in our lives and takes on more of a cameo role. We can do this with a combination of mind-body techniques such as are found in clinical hypnosis and behavioral and cognitive changes through CBT.
PTSD is one of my favorite conditions to work with because it responds so well to treatment and the results are nothing short of life-changing. I use EMDR and Prolonged Exposure therapy to treat PTSD -- the choice of which to use depends greatly on client preference because both are highly effective. I have worked with many people who have had long-standing PTSD symptoms reduce to where they no longer qualified for a PTSD diagnosis after participating in these treatments.