Licensed Professional Counselor Associate supervised by Sharon Bien, LPC-S
Professional Background & Style
I have over 15 years combined experience working and volunteering in mental health and higher education settings. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with distinguished training under the renowned Bruce E. Wampold. I use finely tuned skills and deep presence to attend to your whole-being in the psychotherapy process. My style is warm, confident and dynamic.
I grew up playing in the woods and paddling the waters of northern Minnesota. I have also lived in Germany, the New York City metro area and lovely Madison, WI. Travels to Iceland, France, Spain, Netherlands, India, Guatemala, Mexico and Canada have been invaluable informal education in perspective-taking... not all learning comes from books. Lived experience generates wisdom! Since 2008 this midwesterner has resided in Austin, TX and learned to say "Y'all."
As a five year old undergoing surgery, I had a near-death/out of body experience that, when compounded with the sudden death of my father and other adverse experiences, resulted in my living with a dissociative disorder for part of my life. This ignited a passion for exploring what it means to be a "self" and grapple with the nature of consciousness, identity development and existential or spiritual understanding. Through my own personal and professional adventures, I learned to emphatically embrace the complex human journey.
Quantum physics, existentialism and philosophy of Self, animals, being with nature, meditation, vegan cooking, swimming, hiking, stargazing, reading, social justice (personal and professional) and being LGBTQ+.
American Counseling Association
International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation
The Dissociative Identity Disorder Study Group (Dr. Colin Ross)
MS Counseling Psychology (2008), University of Wisconsin-Madison
BS Psychology (2001), Bemidji State University (Minnesota)