I completed my bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater in 1997. Afterward, I returned to my home state of Missouri and have lived and worked in the Kansas City metropolitan for the last 23 years. For the past 10 years, I have been honored to work at the Child Abuse Prevention Association, first as an intern while completing a Masters in Social Work at the University of Kansas, and then in a multitude of capacities, now as a full-time intern supervisor. Additionally, my private practice enables me to serve a wider range of clients including the LGBTQIA+ community and adult adoptees, both populations that I am proud to be a part of.
I believe that there is a possibility to live a creative and fulfilled life, turning the life of our imaginations into reality. Therapy can be one avenue toward achieving that possibility. I strongly believe that EMDR can lend itself to living the life you deserve. It would be a gift for me to go on a healing experience with you and be witness to your potential to live without fear, self-doubt, shame, guilt and the pain of past trauma.
EMDR International Association (EMDRIA). Follow the link to learn more about this evidence based therapy.
In addition to EMDR, we will utilize an eclectic array of traditional approaches to address your barriers including narrative therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, play therapy, and expressive arts techniques. I adhere to a holistic philosophy of wellness and together we can explore your mind, body and spiritual connection. I offer you a safe space to begin, compassionate listening without judgement, and the promise of my quirky humor and straightforward manner of speaking, with even the tough topics.
You may have noticed the hummingbird theme throughout these pages and there is a reason why I find these marvelous creatures a perfect “mascot” for my life and for my practice. Every Spring I anxiously await the return of the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. Here in the Midwest, we are able to enjoy their aerobatic shenanigans from late April to mid October. They are able to move their tiny three inch bodies forward, backward, up and down at 50 plus beats of their wings per second. In my mind, this feat is a metaphor of how we as humans maneuver through our daily struggles and triumphs. Hummers are fiercely tenacious and resilient, much like the individuals I encounter in my practice. Every fall these micro wonders make their migration to Central America, flying across the Gulf of Mexico without being able to stop. While we endure the cold of winter, they are refreshing themselves for yet another trek to grace us with their beauty. To me, they ultimately signify that no matter how long and bitter our Winter, Spring will come again; that there is Hope for a new tomorrow and with that hope, a Possibility Exists.