As a woman in the counseling profession now for over 23 years, I am pleased to say I still love this work. I have extensive experience that can make a difference to you. I finished graduate school from University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh with a Master's in Counseling in 1997 - from there I went on to work with young people with delinquent behaviors, trauma and mood disorders. Along the way I supervised staff providing services in a residential treatment facility, eventually earned my licensed and have been working in community clinic settings providing quality psychotherapy. I have a warm, approachable, kind approach. I know how to help you find the answer that is right for you. I work from the theoretical framework of Dialectical Behavior Therapy(DBT) and love the structure this gives as I combine specific DBT strategies with a style that encourages processing, personal growth and a feminist background.
Personally, I am a mom, stepmom, wife/partner, sister, friend, daughter, neighbor, quilter, grandmother and therapist. I work full-time in the community where I live, BetterHelp is my side hustle; I have two evenings and some weekend morning hours available for BetterHelp clients. My experience work with the LGBTQ+ community, including writing letters for gender reassignment. I understand the importance of providing services that are congruent to the unique and individual needs of all members of all marginalized communities. I encourage growth, self-awareness, understanding and self-care. Strategies are always around mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, interpersonal effectiveness and relationship enhancement.
My overall intention is to help you find the best way to live a life with meaning, joy and satisfaction.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Relationship issues
- Coping with life changes
- Compassion fatigue
LGBT , Family conflicts , Grief , Parenting issues , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Aging and Geriatric Issues , Autism and Asperger Syndrome , Blended Family Issues , Cancer , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Chronic Pain Illness and Disability , Codependency , Commitment Issues , Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster , Divorce and Separation , Emptiness , Family of Origin Issues , Family Problems , Fatherhood Issues , Fertility Issues , Forgiveness , Gender Dysphoria , Guilt and Shame , Hospice and End of Life Counseling , Isolation/Loneliness , Jealousy , Life Purpose , Men's Issues , Midlife Crisis , Money and Financial Issues , Mood Disorders , Multicultural Concerns , Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks , Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships , Postpartum Depression , Prejudice and Discrimination , Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) , Self-Harm , Self-Love , Sexual Assault and Abuse , Sexuality , Social Anxiety and Phobia , Women's Issues , Workplace Issues , Young Adult Issues Read more...
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Gottman Method, Mindfulness Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy
LPC #3365 (Expires: 2023-02-28)
I’ve had good interactions with Wendy. Our sessions are pertinent. Wendy is insightful. Feedback feels appropriate. I feel heard. My counselor validates my concerns. I have learned useful coping strategies that will help me be successful in the long term. I appreciate Wendy’s approach of using mindfulness and DBT. I didn’t know much about DBT before my sessions with Wendy.