I received my Bachelors in Psychology with a minor in Social Work at Valparaiso University. I then went on to Indiana University to complete my Masters of Social Work degree
Yes, I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with the State of Indiana and the State of Florida
Over the years, I have worked with a variety of cases and family situations in both inpatient and out-patient settings. Through my internships and employment opportunities, I have helped individuals, at risk youth and adolescents, couples, parents, families, and more. I have worked on cases involving the local Department of Child Services and the court system. I am now in private practice in Valparaiso, IN, where I help with issues including anger, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, bipolar and other mood disorders, ADD, OCD, PTSD, domestic violence, trauma and abuse
Every situation is individual. That being the case, I use a variety of interventions in an effort to design the best possible treatment plan to fit your specific needs. I do tend to lean toward CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) developed by Dr. Aaron Beck, and DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) developed by Marsha Linehan, as a base while incorporating other methods, including meditation and mindfulness, sand tray therapy, solution focused therapy, inner child work, family therapy, conflict resolution techniques, and a host of others. As I mentioned above, learning is my passion. I am continually seeking new ideas in an effort to help facilitate the healing process
I do specialize in grief, loss, self-harm, and suicidal behavior. I am a certified trainer of ASIST and SafeTALK, two suicide prevention trainings. Through these trainings, I help others learn how to assist someone who may be thinking of suicide. Click here for upcoming trainings.
Suicide is a community problem. Through collaborative efforts, it is my hope to create suicide safer communities everywhere
As a social worker, I come from a strong client-centered, “strength’s based” perspective. What this means is that while I may have information to share, you truly are the wisdom behind your own needs toward healing. Deep within, you have the insight, it just may be locked underground due to a lifetime of hurts and wounds. I am merely a facilitator in the process of unlocking those strengths.
I believe in a more holistic approach where healing and peace come by addressing all aspects of a person ~ the social, physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual. When any one of these areas is suffering, we suffer. By acknowledging all parts of us and working to bring them into balance, we grow stronger, happier, and healthier. Once that happens, amazing life changes occur