The popular perception of therapy is ingrained in our minds: it involves a questioning practitioner, and a monologue supplied by the patient. This cliche has scared many people away from therapy because it’s intimidating (no one likes to feel vulnerable). The common belief is that the therapist has all the power. Put simply: I approach healing differently. I believe that therapy is a collaborative process and the best solutions come when the client and practitioner work together.
Because each person is different, each treatment approach is customized to your individual needs and circumstances. At my core, I’m an interactive, holistic therapist who focuses on solutions. Using a blend of conventional and alternative healing methods, I help you resolve current problems and long-standing patterns.
With sensitivity and compassion, I work with each client to explore problems on emotional, physical, and spiritual levels. Together, we draw upon a variety of treatment styles and techniques that will build upon your strengths and help you achieve your life goals. I will always give you support and honest feedback.
Who I work with:
Individuals, couples, and families who are dealing with sexual abuse, brain trauma, anxiety, depression, parenting, holistic health, or spiritual/growth-related work.
Although I’m trained and very well-versed in traditional therapeutic techniques, an accident and resulting brain-injury prompted me to explore alternative healing modalities. Based on my experience (and success) with these techniques, I’ve expanded my practice to include holistic methods that compliment traditional therapy.
In addition to running and maintaining my private practice in North Saint Paul, I present to general audiences on topics ranging from intuitive development to the use of creativity to promote emotional growth and healing. Please contact me for more information about my speaking topics.
Education and Memberships:
MS, 2004, University of Wisconsin–Stout, Marriage and Family Therapy
BA, 1980, Studio Arts, Augsburg College, Summa cum Laude. Honors Scholar.
Marriage and Family Therapy License: #1414
Minnesota Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
My spare time:
Many of my “hobbies” are directly related to my professional pursuits (translation: don’t be surprised if I introduce some of these past-times to you).
I have completed the Spring Forest Qigong studies under Master Chunyi Lin (the founder of this practice). In addition, I’ve studied intuitive and spiritual studies at Sancta Sophia Seminary in Tahlequah, OK.
I strongly believe (and many studies show) that animals can help heal. I trained and registered my former dog, Cleo, through both Therapy Dogs International and Delta Society. I’m currently training Gobo, a Wheaten Terrier and my newest therapeutic team member. (While he’s not yet up to snuff he shows great promise and I hope to register him soon.)