photo credit: James Schwartz

photo credit: James Schwartz

About

As a therapist, I offer warmth, humor, authentic feedback, along with a deep respect for the people with whom I work. My focus is on hearing what people want in their lives and then helping them develop the skills and confidence to get it.

I create a supportive place to identify strengths, expand coping strategies, better understand and tolerate emotions, and find meaning in life's challenges. I also help couples develop stronger bonds by cultivating deeper levels of connection and working to shift unhelpful patterns. I love helping clients find relief from symptoms, and to witness people enjoying their relationships more fully- including partnerships, family, friendships and community ties.

I specialize in relationships, assertiveness, perinatal mental health (including postpartum adjustment), & life transitions. I am also passionate about working with new mamas and dads, and have a unique understanding of parenting children with special needs. 

In addition, I have significant experience helping premarital couples build a strong foundation for commitment, including through the PREPARE/ENRICH program. I am also trained in Discernment Counseling, helping couples gain clarity and insight about their relationship in cases where one spouse is leaning out of the marriage and the other wants to repair the relationship. 

In 2007, I obtained a Master's Degree from the University of Minnesota in Educational Psychology-Counseling; after completing my training, I recieved the LPCC (Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor) license in 2009. For about ten years, I provided psychotherapy at a local non-profit with a wide variety of clients. I work well with iconoclastic artists, powerhouse executives, and everything in-between. My practice is LGBTQ affirming and welcoming to all.

In my marriage of nearly a decade, I have gained insight and compassion regarding the struggles that couples and parents face. I am also a writer, nature enthusiast, advocate and cheerleader (without pom-poms) for a more just and peaceful world.