Choosing to go to therapy is a very personal and empowering decision. This choice is often the first step on the journey to becoming your most authentic self. As a therapist, it is my role to walk with you as you go on that journey. It is my goal to form a partnership with you, where you are in the driver’s seat and I am the passenger. I will help you decode metaphors, think through ideas, and we will explore the private logic you use in your everyday life.
I have a passion for working with adolescents and I love the curiosity and energy that they bring to therapy and the world. Adolescence is the time in a person’s life when they begin to overturn the soil and plant the seed of growth. As a Marriage and Family Therapist, I believe in systems. It may be meaningful to bring the various parts of the client system into the therapy room. At the end of the day we return to our family systems. If we can make change in parts of our systems, then the system as a whole, may shift.
I meet people where they are at when we begin working together. However, I will challenge you along the way to make the changes you want to make in your life. During our time together, I encourage you to decide what change will look like for you. We will incorporate different techniques in our sessions and we do not always have to talk for our entire session. I practice harm reduction and I use a trauma-informed lens. Jenga is a yellow lab who is also a part of my practice. He has been a wonderful addition to the way I do therapy with clients. Sometimes clients find that he is easier share the difficult things with. That being said, Jenga does not have to be in our sessions if that is your preference.
When I am not working I enjoy spending time with my wife and our two dogs. We are active volunteers with Helping Paws of MN and are often dog sitting service dogs who are in training. I love spending time with my family and friends and will take any opportunity I can to entertain and feed those I care about.
Bachelor’s Degree – University of Wisconsin Stout
Master’s Degree – Adler Graduate School
Current Licensure: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
Postgraduate training: Certified Sand Tray therapist; Animal Assisted Interventions
I work with individuals across the spectrum of age, race, gender, ability, and sexual orientation.