Clients come to my practice in order to have competent, caring conversations about the changes that they would like to see in their lives. I utilize a direct, compassionate approach in my my client's change conversations and projects. I am a systemic thinker who values overall well-being for my clients. Many clients come to therapy to make changes in their internal systems such as thoughts, feelings, motivations, and health; others wish to become more effective in how they function in external systems such as family or work. Regardless of the focus of your change project, I am an interested and capable confidant and coach.
We all want to do better, however that is defined, and sometimes we get stuck in thinking and habits that no longer serve our betterment and that causes suffering. It is a privilege to use my understanding and skills to help my clients make the changes they wish to make and to achieve the serenity they desire. I use a strength-based, integrative approach born of 40+ years of solid, evidence-based methodology from many disciplines in psychology: counseling, clinical, health, family, and organizational. I believe in incremental life experiments to help clients build sustainable happiness. Expect to be positively challenged!
My Professional Background
I have worked in mental health for over 35 years, including individual psychotherapy and counseling, health counseling, relationship counseling, and organizational consultation. I am licensed as both a Psychologist and a Marriage and Family Therapist. My education is as follows:
Ph.D. - Union Institute, 1994
Major: Clinical Psychology
Minors: Organizational Development and Analysis; Family Psychology
M.A. – St. Mary’s Graduate School, 1991
Major: Human Development
Minor: Health Psychology
B.A. - College of St. Catherine, 1981
Minor: Expressive Arts
During the years of formal schooling, I received training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapies (CBT), Jungian Analysis, Expressive Art Therapies (Art, Psychodrama, Movement), Systemic Relational Therapies (Bowen, Structural, Family of Origin, Constructivism, Solution-Oriented, and many others), Wellness Counseling models, and Organizational Psychology Models. Since completing my formal education, I have had continuing/ advanced training in evidenced-based therapies including CBT, EMDR, Mindfulness, Coaching, Solution/ Positive Psychology, Ericksonian Hypotherapy, Action Models, Recovery Models, and many other therapies.
Thank you for considering me as a resource in your personal, family, or group development. If you would like to discuss whether we would make a good team in your growth project, please call. I try to return calls to potential clients within 24 to 48 hours, excluding weekends.