I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Iowa. I have worked in a variety of support settings for over 10 years. My areas of expertise include depression, higher functioning Autism (Asperger's), and self-injury. I have also worked with young people and adults who have suffered from trauma, specifically sexual abuse.
My approach is client-centered and humanistic, but I can employ a variety of techniques that best fits each client and helps them grow, progress, and gain new skills. Some of the techniques I like to use are pulled from narrative therapy, journal therapy, art therapy, and interpersonal therapy. I firmly believe the client is the expert on his or herself and that my role is to serve as a partner and a guide.
- Stress, anxiety
- Trauma and abuse
- Self esteem
I also have experience in Relationship, Family, Grief, Parenting, Anger
LMHC #001485 (Expires: 2018-09-30)
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