To understand and connect to the present moment, we must first reconnect to our past experiences. through my clinical and educational experiences, I believe that our past experiences live in our present bodies and shows up through the thoughts, beliefs and emotions we carry about the environment. In therapy, I create a safe space for my clients to engage in this healing process through curious, open-ended questions, modeling, cognitive challenging, supportive reflections, processing culture/diversities, motivational Interviewing strategies, and Self-Care approaches. I value Authenticity, Professionalism, and diversity in all forms. Our stories need to be understood, not changed.
I am passionate about helping a diverse population of individuals, couples, and families connect to their healing resources because we are all experts in our own lives. By learning how to love and care for ourselves, we developed and maintained healthier relationships. The imperfections and wounds that we carry in our bodies require the same love and care as our best parts. I graduated from Argosy University, Twin-Cities, with a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. I implement a client-centered and motivational interviewing approach to help my clients maintain therapeutic success in the community. I have five years of clinical experience providing individual and family therapy to a diverse clientele in an intensive inpatient/outpatient co-occurring mental health and chemical dependency treatment center and schools, communities, and private practice agencies. I also have experience working with clients who have experienced multiple severity levels of trauma, depressive and anxiety symptoms, and struggles with addictions. I value a one-day-at-a-time approach by helping clients learn how to focus on the “here and now.” When not working, I enjoy exercising, playing basketball, and spending time with family. I also engage in self-care activities like going for walks, reading, and listening to music.
Additional areas of focus: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Coaching, ADHD, Codependency, Dependent Personality, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Guilt and Shame, Immigration Issues, Impulsivity, Men's Issues, Prejudice and Discrimination, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Women's Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
IA LMFT 121481
MN LMFT 3950