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I bring warmth and a deeper understanding to your struggles to help find practical and effective solutions when you feel overwhelmed or stuck. My approach is non-judgmental, honest, and collaborative, ensuring that you are heard and actively engaged throughout the process. Sometimes the work is building a sense of hope that things can be better. Other times it might be focused on practical solutions or a deeper understanding of the underlying issues contributing to your struggles. I strive to make my work culturally sensitive and LGBTQ affirming, helping you to maintain dignity within a world that can at times be unfriendly and limiting. I can help you live a life more aligned with your values and goals.
I have extensive training and experience working with issues related to addiction and recovery. Therapy can help to build strategies to reduce the harmful effects of compulsive behaviors. I often work with professionals who feel successful in their public lives but privately struggle with alcohol or substance use, sexual acting out, or other compulsive behaviors. A private practice setting provides a safe and confidential place to explore these issues. I work with individuals and affected family members to better understand the role that alcohol or drugs may play in yours or a loved one’s life. I offer compassionate support and encouragement throughout the recovery process. At times, there may be a need for greater care than private practice can provide, and I am able to provide suggestions and collaboration throughout the treatment process to ensure you get the best recovery care that is right for you.
I have extensive experience working with adults of all ages on many aspects of coping, including:
- Learning skills to feel more hopeful and resilient
- Managing stress in a way that feels more productive
- Learning skills to feel more present and grounded within a mind-body-spirit perspective
- Reducing couples and family conflict, especially when concerns focus around addiction within the family
- Coping with life transitions
- Expanding ways of coping with intense emotions
- Understanding and learning ways to reduce the harmful effects of alcohol or substance use
- Navigating the coming out process and issues related to identity
I have experience providing adult psychological and substance abuse evaluations.
I am certified and experienced in the 8-week Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP) curriculum.
I received my undergraduate education at the University of Wisconsin - Madison in Psychology, Sociology, and Women's Studies (BA), and I continued my education with graduate work at the California School of Professional Psychology (MS/PsyD) with a special focus on Clinical Psychology. I have achieved a Certificate of Proficiency in the Treatment of Alcohol and Other Substance Use Disorders. This certificate is a uniform national credential offered exclusively to psychologists to reflect my knowledge and experience associated with competent practice in the treatment of these disorders. I am a member of the American Psychological Association. In my free time, I enjoy exploring nature through hiking, backpacking, and trail running and time with family.