Professional Background & Approach
Welcome to my professional space, where over 15 years, I've cultivated a deep-rooted commitment to psychological health and well-being. My academic journey led me to a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Bemidji State University and a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Here, I had the privilege of being trained under Bruce E. Wampold, enhancing my understanding and skills in this field.
I approach therapy with an integrative and personalized touch, primarily drawing on the insights of relational psychoanalysis. I firmly believe in the power of a nurturing therapeutic relationship to foster healing and provide transformative emotional experiences. My commitment to offering the best care drives me to continuously refine my skills. This includes completing specialized training such as Internal Family Systems Level 1 from the IFS Institute, Radically Open Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Level 1 from the Radically Open Institute, and Eye-Movement Desensitization Reprocessing training under the mentorship of Rick Levinson, LCSW. Additionally, I've embraced the innovative blend of neuroscience and traditional meditation through NeuroMeditation Level 1, enhancing my therapeutic portfolio.
Understanding that each individual is unique, I am mindful of the diverse impacts of therapeutic practices. This awareness guides my continuous exploration into the research on the adverse effects of meditation for some individuals. I believe in a tailored approach to therapy, moving away from a "one size fits all" mindset to ensure that each client receives the care and attention they deserve.
Together, we will embark on a journey towards understanding, growth, and healing, guided by professional expertise and a heartfelt dedication to your well-being.
In sessions, my style is warm, engaging, dynamic and sometimes playful; offering a deep presence that attends to your whole being throughout the psychotherapy process.
Personal Journey & Interests
My connection to psychology is not just professional; it's deeply personal. Growing up amidst the natural beauty of northern Minnesota, I developed a profound appreciation for the outdoors and a curiosity about the world. This curiosity led me to live in diverse places such as Germany and near New York City (where I studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts-NYC) and travel to countries like Iceland, India, Guatemala, and France. These experiences have enriched my perspective, teaching me that wisdom often comes not just from books but from lived experiences.
My journey also includes a personal struggle with a dissociative disorder, stemming from a near-death experience at five and the sudden loss of my father. These experiences fueled my passion for understanding the 'self,' the nature of consciousness, and the intricacies of identity development and spiritual or existential understanding.
Beyond psychology, my interests are broad and deep, including quantum physics, existentialism, and philosophy of consciousness. I'm also passionate about being with nature and animals, engaging in meditation, vegan cooking, swimming, hiking, and reading.
I am an active member of the American Counseling Association, the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, and a board member of Austin Psychoanalytic.
MS Counseling Psychology (2008), University of Wisconsin-Madison
BS Psychology (2001), Bemidji State University (Minnesota)