Iearned two undergraduate degrees from Calvin University (BA in Psychology, BFA in Studio Art) and earned my Master’s Degree in Social Work with an emphasis in counseling from Western Michigan University. I have practiced for 15 years in both inpatient and outpatient settings, and an additional 7 years providing pastoral counseling as a church staff member. I have many years of experience working with families, couples and individuals, and am a LGBTQIA-welcoming counselor. I have worked most of my career in the field of mental health, helping people cope more effectively.
I try to create an unrushed, compassionate and culturally sensitive environment in my sessions. It is a privilege to listen and talk with you about some of the difficult things you are going through and I will decide with you how much and how fast we talk about them. I encourage people who have gifts of creative expression to bring that part of themselves in to their counseling sessions as well.
I am a lifelong learner, and am currently taking courses in DBT as well as researching therapeutic approaches for addressing racial trauma and developing racial resilience. I am a trained antiracism educator with CORR (Congregations Organizing for Racial Reconciliation). And I recharge my batteries by traveling, playing the piano, painting in my art studio, or playing with my dog, Happy.
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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.
- Inform the 911 operator that this is a psychiatric emergency.
- Ask for police officers and first responders trained in crisis intervention or trained to support people and families experiencing a psychiatric emergency.
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Grief and loss
Life events and transitions
Race-based trauma and resilience
Trauma and Abuse (physical, sexual and/or emotional)
Schizophrenia and other thought disorders
Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
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?