Meet The Therapist
Therapy is tough to describe. People often want to know what I do and how I do it. This is not an easy question to answer. First of all, I love being a therapist. Being given the opportunity to sit with people through their struggles, triumphs, sorrows and joy is truly a gift. I honor my clients and love my time with them. Second of all, every person’s therapy is unique to that person. If you are considering therapy with me, please know that I do not have a template that I follow in order to “fix” people. I am not magic and do not have the ability to save people. I will follow a certain process to begin to understand you, and from there the therapy takes on its own persona. The relationship I will develop with you is a major way that we will make change in your life. I will be a silent supporter in your daily life, though I am not silent in session! I am a very active therapist during sessions and have a slightly informal style.
Teen therapy is a favorite of mine. Teens generally find me to be non-threatening and I believe that most teens end up enjoying their time with me (at least that’s what they tell me). I am able to work collaboratively with teens and their parents without spilling the beans about what teens have going on (unless there is something dangerous going on, of course!).
As a person, I enjoy life in many ways. I love the outdoors and the natural beauty of the world around me. I love to read and will often recommend books to clients. If you are not big into reading, however, I will not try to force you to read! I am married, live in St. Paul, and love the Twin Cities! I should add that I am a transplant to Minnesota. I was born and raised in Colorado and lived there until I was 21 years old. I then lived in Wisconsin for 6 years before moving to MN for graduate school. I have a background in emergency medicine (I was an EMT in Colorado) and have worked in various capacities as a “helper.” I love professional basketball and can sometimes be found in session wearing a Rubio jersey. I love coffee and will probably be drinking a cup when you and I meet.
I feel obligated to take a public position about tattoos. While this might seem odd to you, it will make more sense when you meet me. I have a big tattoo that I love on my arm. Yes, I am a tattooed therapist. You will likely never see my tattoos, though, because I am often chilled. This means that my tattoos are usually covered. The longer I work with your teen, though, the more likely they will see my tattoos. Parents frequently ask how I am going to address this matter with their teenager, because teens sometimes want tattoos. The feedback I give most teens about tattoos:
- Wait until you’re an adult to get tattoos.
- Once you’re an adult, please remember that you may be judged because of your tattoos. If you’re going to get a tattoo, start with a small/somewhat hidden tattoo.
- Wait until you’re professionally established to get a highly visible tattoo. It may be difficult to start a career (in some fields) with visible tattoos.
- Do not let your friend give you a tattoo.
- Never look for the cheapest tattoo artist in town.
**This feedback does not fit for every client that I see. This is a general set of guidelines to inform you about how I typically answer tattoo questions.**
My Educational Background:
Bachelor’s Degree – University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire
Master’s Degree – University of St. Thomas/College of St. Catherine
Current Licensure: MSW (Master of Social Work), LICSW (Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker)
Postgraduate training in Multisystemic Therapy (MST) – Multisystemic Institute, South Carolina
Honors & Awards
MST "Whatever It Takes" Award - Fall, 2011. Recognized for outstanding service to teens and families. (Find award in the 'Announcements from MST Services and MST Institute' section).
My Clinical Experience:
- Teen counseling
- Couples therapy
- Marital counseling
- Family therapy
- Parenting after Divorce
- Coparenting after Divorce
- Sexual trauma
- Grief and loss
- Chronic mental illness
- Nonsuicidal self-injury
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning (LGBTQ)
- Involuntary clients (including offenders, prison inmates and teenagers on probation)
- Individuals with Epilepsy
I work with individuals across the spectrum of age, race, gender, and sexual orientation.
Individual and couples counseling in the Minnetonka Minnesota area: Segal Psychotherapy
Low cost medical, dental, and mental health services for individuals who do not have (or do not want to use) insurance: Neighborhood Involvement Program