I am a Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor who works with teens and adults ages 18 years and older. I began my career in 2010 working in a private practice setting as well as doing outreach in several long term care settings. My areas of specialty includes depression, grief and loss, anxiety disorders, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. In 2016, I attended the Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI) in Oconomowoc, WI. The BTTI is an in-depth, intensive training course in the evaluation and treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) utilizing Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). The Exposure in ERP refers to the exposure of thoughts, images, objects and situations that provoke obsessions and increase anxiety. The Response Prevention part of ERP, refers to resisting the urge to do a compulsive behavior once the obsessions and anxiety have been “triggered.”
In addition, I work with clients who have experienced long-standing patterns of interpersonal problems, those who often find themselves stuck in place of dissatisfaction in their lives and are unsure of why or what to do. I work with clients who experience feelings of depression, anxiety, work and/or life dissatisfaction, and grief.
My approach to treating clients is eclectic, as I believe that there is no such thing as a “one size fits all” approach. I utilize cognitive behavioral techniques, exposure therapy treatment strategies, and mindfulness therapy techniques in treating my clients based on their specific needs and goals.
My husband and I were both born and raised here in Watertown where we are raising our three children. When we are not watching baseball or dance competitions, we enjoy fishing and kayaking in the summer months and traveling during the cold winter months. I also enjoy cooking all year round!
ACA (American Counseling Association)
IOCDF (International OCD Foundation) Professional member
I graduated from St. Catherine University/University of St. Thomas with a Masters of Clinical Social Work in 2010. After receiving my Masters, I worked in medical social work, starting in Hospice, then transitioning into Renal and Oncology social work. While working in this environment I assessed patients with accessing resources, but also assisted in their coping with diagnoses of chronic and terminal illnesses. In 2015, I became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker eligible to engage in Private Independent Practice (CSW-PIP) and began providing clinical therapy. My areas of interest and expertise are depression, anxiety, grief and loss, stress, and individuals dealing with relationship issues.
I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, and focus on client strengths, but my therapeutic strategies are flexible based on individual client needs. I am always looking for new resources and ways to better myself as a clinician for the benefit of my clients.
My husband and I moved to Watertown in September 2010. We have 4 children. We enjoy watching our children play sports, going to Vikings and Twins games, and spending time at the lake with family. I look forward to continue serving the individuals in and around this wonderful community.
I am currently an intern attending Grand Canyon University for my Masters in Clinical Mental Health with Emphasis in Trauma. I have a very diverse background that has always reflected helping others of all ages. My approach will be fluid and reflective of the needs of the clients I work with. I appreciate what Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has to offer and often find myself aligning with this theory and encompassing a creative technique. I am constantly trying to expand my knowledge to better inform, relate, and help others.
In September of 2018, my husband and I moved to Watertown from Texas after serving in the US Army. We have three children. We enjoy being active and doing outdoor activities. I also enjoy using my creative side painting for others and doing craft projects with my girls.
ACA (American Counseling Association)
SDCA (South Dakota Counseling Association)
SDCAMH (South Dakota Counseling Association Mental Health)