My education consists of an Undergraduate degree in Family Studies and a Master of Counseling with and emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy both from Western Michigan University. I have been a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Michigan since 2012 and was a Licensed Associate counselor in the State of Arizona from 2009-2012. Most of my career has included working with children, adolescents, and their families in different communities and environments in Arizona, Nevada, and home based services in Michigan.
I have worked treating a variety of disorders and difficulties including adoption issues, reactive attachment, trauma, abuse, self-harm and suicidal ideation. I have enjoyed working with teens who have traits of personality disorders while helping them develop the skills they need to overcome their struggles. People of all ages have an amazing ability to learn new things and process their world in remarkable ways. I feel each person should have the opportunity to heal from the trauma suffered and move forward to their happiest and most productive life.
My passion is to help people to process their trauma. I desire is to provide an environment for children, adolescence and their families to learn the skills they need to handle the experiences that they have encountered so that they no longer hindering daily lives. You will find that I provide a safe place to explore and examine becoming the best version of you.
Here you will find a list of presentations I’ve done for schools, mental health organizations, churches, and other agencies.
- Teaching Mindfulness to Adolescents and their Families
- Emotional Regulation: Teaching Healthy skills to Adolescents and families
- Interpersonal Effectiveness: Teaching Teens and Families How to Have Effective Communication
- Distress tolerance: Teaching ways to “deal” to teens and families
It’s important to me to continue my education regarding topics that will keep me knowledgeable and trained in the areas that best serve you. Here you will find areas that I specialize in and continue to maintain a high level of expertise.
- Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT), 10 hrs of training through National Child Stress Network (working towards certification)
- Advanced Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), DBT Institute of Michigan
- 6-Day Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), EMDR Consulting (working towards certification)
- Play Therapy
- Suicide Prevention
I have chosen to be affiliated with these organizations because they provide research and trainings that are pertinent to my areas of expertise.
Emergencies: If you are experiencing an emergency or if your need is of an urgent nature, please call 911 or go to your local hospital. Contacting me does not constitute a client therapist relationship unless you are a regular client who is being seen by me in my office.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Children (6 to 10)
Preteens/Tweens (11 to 13)
Adolescents/Teenagers (14 to 19)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
USING YOUR INSURANCE?
If you decide to use your insurance benefits for “behavioral or mental health,” contact your insurance company and ask the following questions:
Do I have outpatient mental health benefits?
Do I have a deductible to meet for in or out of network benefits?
If yes, how much is your total deductible?
If yes, how much of the deductible has been met?
Can I be seen by a LLMSW, LMSW, TLLP, LLP, LLPC, LPC, LLMFT, LMFT, or PhD?
Does my insurance allow supervision by a PhD or LMSW?
Is my therapist in or out of network?
If my therapist is out of network, what will my insurance cover for out of network services?
How many visits am I allowed per year?
If there a limit on visits, how many have I used already?
What is my policy plan year (i.e., January to January or September to September)?
Do I need a referral or authorization in order to be seen for therapy or testing?
Will my insurance cover individual and group therapy are on the same day?
What is my copay amount per session?