I collaborate with clients using safety established in our therapeutic relationship and the body-self connection to heal and grow.
Clinical Psychologist in St. Paul, MN
The self-body relationship is core to my work with clients, as we collaborate to build a more gentle and loving connection to the cues of ones own body and the wisdom that all bodies hold for safety, connection, and a sense of well-being. I attend to body image difficulties located in ones personal experience as well as help clients challenge messages from and cope with the systemic oppression that many bodies experience.
It is a great joy for me to create a space in therapy for folks who have faith as a core identity and source of strength or calling in their life. I’m always grateful for the chance to come alongside people of faith to help them feel supported as they heal from anxiety or trauma, care for themselves more holistically, and increase the health of their relationships. This has been a unique specialty of mine since graduate school both in studies and in practice.
My work with folks who experience anxiety, whether in the form of rumination or in being overwhelmed by bodily reactions, is mindfulness-based and utilizes interpersonal process as well as skill practice. I have nearly 20 years of experience working with anxiety and trauma disorders, and I individualize my approach for clients based on their strengths, needs, and goals.
Having studied IPT in graduate school and utilized it both in individual settings and interpersonal groups, I weave concepts and interventions from IPT into every session of therapy and supervision. My use of gentle, direct questions and feedback about interpersonal dynamics in the therapy room helps clients build a sense of safety and trust in the therapeutic relationship as well as reduce power differentials and increase collaboration.
I began training in and using ACT as a primary modality of therapy in 2006 and have taught dozens of graduate students and supervisees about ACT in the subsequent years as well. My use of ACT interventions is individualized to client readiness and needs, and I often practice mindful awareness collaboratively with clients in session. Having been in consultation groups with multiple ACT therapists for many years has helped me continue to maintain and grow in this competency area.
I have worked with survivors of trauma in multiple settings since 2007 and studied trauma as my primary area of interest throughout my master's and doctoral training. My approach includes multiple trauma modalities, specialized to the individual client's needs for safety and readiness, and grounded in research and best practices. I use EMDR when appropriate and continue to consult to ensure ongoing professional development and expertise.