As I developed the name for my counseling practice it was important to me that I be of service to my clients. In order to better serve clients I have studied and continue to study a number of traditional, evidence based practices and non-traditional practice-based evidences that may help and be of service to my clients.
As a life-long learner, along the way I have been trained as a therapeutic foster parent, an Emergency Medical Technician, bereavement facilitator, a hospital and sheriff chaplain and a trauma and loss clinical specialist. I have training in and utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Play Therapy, Sandtray Therapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Motivational Interviewing, Positive Psychology, Solution Focused, meditation, yoga, Reiki, Focusing, Qi Gong, YogaCalm, Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Brief Dynamic Psychotherapy. I am certified in the University of Minnesota’s Trauma Studies program and am am certified in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR).
I love to educate and inform, it helps me learn and re-learn. I provide presentations and keynotes at professional conferences and symposiums regionally, nationally and internationally. I have presented on emerging adults, stress reduction for professionals, trauma and the body, the impact of grief, Qi Gong, mindfulness, YogaCalm, finding grace and hope in a crisis-driven world. I have been honored to provide consultation to local and state-wide schools, organizations and businesses on a variety of topics.
I can provide individual diagnostic assessments, treatment plans and therapeutic interventions for children, adolescents and adults. Family and couples counseling are also provided in my office setting. I rarely do in-home therapy and will provide some group therapy work (joyful living, anxiety, depression, shame-based living, raising adolescents, grief and loss) on an as-needed basis.
As a LGSW I am unable to accept third party payment from private or nonprofit insurance providers. I have a fee-for-service practice with payment expected at the beginning of our appointment. First-time office visits are longer (90 minutes) due to assessment, treatment planning or diagnostic evaluations at a fee of $90. Follow-up appointments are generally 45-50 minutes in length with a fee of $65 (see the Informed consent document for further details). I do provide a sliding fee scale for those who are limited in their ability to pay this amount.
Despite the best efforts of the client and therapist, it is possible that there may be regression upon implementation of treatment before progress is made. We will be discussing possible risks associated with treatment (increase in negative behaviors, family/marital discord, suicidal ideation, mitigating circumstances in extended family systems that may lead to violent behavior, etc). Also, the recommendations and their effects are intertwined and difficult to predict (effect of medication on mood or behaviors, effect of family/parental mental or medical issues, client attrition, amount of effort of compliance). Limits of confidentiality will be reviewed at initial session.