In 2011 I received my Master’s Degree from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, Illinois, in Marriage and Family Therapy.
For my undergraduate degree, I studied at Elmhurst College, a small liberal arts college in Elmhurst, Illinois. There I earned my bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Social Work back in 2007.
During my time at the Adler School of Professional Psychology, I was employed at Timberline Knolls, a residential treatment facility for women and adolescent girls with eating disorders, self-harm behaviors, borderline personality disorder, and other forms of addictions and mood disorders. I gained valuable tools for treating these behaviors, as well as for helping to heal trauma, including sexual abuse in its various forms, such as incest and rape.
Also during my graduate school career, I interned at Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital, an outpatient treatment center which focused on treating addictions and co-occurring disorders. There I worked with individuals and families helping to facilitate healing and stabilization throughout the process of recovery. I led many psychotherapy groups as well as taught a monthly psycho educational group for families who were struggling with having family members with addiction and alcoholism.
When I moved to Olympia from Illinois, I worked at Sea Mar Behavioral Health, a community mental health agency that treats children, adolescents, families, couples, and adults who are on Medicaid. Working mainly with low-income clients, I learned how to be savvy with therapy while working with the lowest of budgets and resources. In addition, I led group therapy for individuals who were unemployed while simultaneously trying to deal with medical issues
Currently I have my own private practice where I see clients on a private basis. In addition to this, I work part-time for the Olympia Center for Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) where I see individuals one on one as well as act as lead facilitator for one of the adult DBT Skills Training Groups. For more information on DBT and the Olympia Center for DBT, please visit www.olympiacenterfordbt.com. If you are interested in attending this program, you must contact the center directly and ask to be put onto their waiting list for services.
Currently I volunteer with the Mental Health Access Program (MHAP) as Clinical Supervisor. I provide live supervision to Associate level therapists making their way to licensure. MHAP is an organization which offers free mental health therapy and psychiatric care to people with little or no insurance. If you are someone with little or no insurance benefits, please go to http://oly-wa.us/olyfreeclinic/index.php for more information. If you are an Associate level therapist and wish to volunteer, please email me directly for more information.
In addition, I act as volunteer therapist offering support to Veterans and inner city youth on outdoor fly fishing trips for Soul River, Inc. Soul River connects inner city youth and US military veterans to the outdoors through outdoor educational experiences. By engaging U.S veterans as mentors for inner city youth, Soul River believes that rich and powerful opportunities of healing authentically happen in the midst of Mother Nature. Through their program they hope to ultimately establish and inspire a new generation of outdoor ambassadors that will advocate for Mother Nature and conservation. For more information, please visit their website at www.soulriverinc.org.