I am a licensed psychotherapist specializing in mood, trauma, anxiety/stress issues and maintain a private practice in Madison, Wisconsin. I see individuals at my Rayovac Drive office on the west side, and facilitate groups there and at various locations around the city.
With over 10 years experience studying mindfulness-based approaches, I have also provided psychotherapy at the Mental Health Center of Dane County (now known as Journey Mental Health Center), and Moontree Psychotherapy.
I use an integrative philosophy, maintaining a person-focused rather than problem-focused approach. I treat each person’s problems within the context of his or her current circumstances given their strengths, goals, and current patterns.
If there is anything you should know about me is that I am passionate about this field and my work as a therapist. I love learning about how the brain works, how our emotions respond, and what we are able to do with the strength of our mind.
Beyond the science of psychotherapy, there is an art to it as well. This is inspired by the therapeutic relationship. I want you to come in feeling safe, if not always comfortable (healing and growth can be uncomfortable at times). We work together to create the path that is most right for you. I also bring a great deal of my personality into my therapy, and it helps me be present with you in a genuine way. I don’t ask my clients to explore something that I wouldn’t, because in my mind it would lack integrity and authenticity. Trust is a huge part of the art form.
Above and beyond my education and personality I have a great deal of life tucked under my belt. Like many, I have been through some extremely difficult times. I know how it feels to be in those challenging places, how it feels to work through pain and issues, and even better what it feels like to move through them. All of this motivates me to continue my endless research of this field and to help motivate, support, and guide others.
My Bachelor’s degree is from Iowa State University after studying at UW-Madison. I was an at-home parent, community volunteer and teacher, and later went on to earn a Master of Arts in Counseling.
I regularly participate in educational opportunities regarding effective treatment practices. I am a member of the American Psychological Association and have received training in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, The Gottman Method, substance abuse treatment, traumatic stress disorder treatment, behavior-modification, psychodynamic therapy, somatic therapy and group therapy. I have also received training and have experience in utilizing Eastern methodologies such as meditation, breath work, yoga, and the mind-body connection to more effectively treat you as a whole person.
Achieving balance emotionally, spiritually, and physically is the key to a successful and satisfying life. I incorporate my knowledge of Western psychological methods, yoga, Eastern philosophies, meditation, the creative arts, based on the individual needs and goals of each person.