About me and my approach
I hold a Master's degree in social work from Eastern Washington University and earned my Bachelor's degree in social work from the University of Montana. I have worked in the field of social work since 1998 serving clients of diverse backgrounds in a variety of settings including:
school social work
community based mental health
foster care and adoption
private practice (since 2010)
I work with clients to create change through a collaborative process.
I am creative, flexible, neurobiologically and trauma informed.
Over the years I have learned to incorporate several approaches into my practice with clients: The foundation of my training began with narrative therapy, which is a non-blaming and non-pathologizing approach that separates problems from people.
I am trained in EMDR, but my main approach to working with clients is through Internal Family Systems. I completed Level 1 and Level 2 trainings in Internal Family Systems in 2020. I am currently a Program Assistant for Level 1 IFS training. IFS is a transformative, evidence-based model of psychotherapy which views the mind as naturally multiple, exploring the roles and ways of coping that are taken on as a result of life's difficulties or trauma. This is done through a lens of self-compassion and curiosity.
I also draw on the use polyvagal theory along with psychoeducation to help clients begin to make sense of their symptoms and decrease shame.