My Background and Practice
I earned my undergraduate degree at Bates College in Maine in 1997. After a winter in Jackson, Wyoming, I headed to Portland, Oregon. While in Portland, I worked at a group home for adolescent boys involved in the criminal justice system. Eventually, I missed the Rockies and returned to Jackson. I took a job at the community mental health center, working with adults managing chronic mental illnesses and later returned to school to earn my Masters in Social Work at the University of Wyoming in 2007.
Since graduating, I have lived all over the country, working in various community mental health and educational settings. In Worcester, Massachusetts, I was privileged to form trusting relationships with adolescents as a therapist in a public alternative inner city school. While living in Seattle, I supported families to navigate complex relationships with children in their care as well as experiences of loss and poverty. Most recently, I worked for the Bozeman Public Schools under a federal grant to address adolescent trauma. In addition to raising my own children, the variety of my professional experiences has enriched my clinical skills, informed my approach, and enhanced my understanding of diverse perspectives. I have held behavioral health board approved clinical social work licenses in Wyoming, Massachusetts, Washington, Idaho and Montana.
I maintain my professional mental health clinician license and stay current on evidence based therapy practices through training. These have included Trauma Focused- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (by The Central Massachusetts Child Traumatic Stress Network in Fitchburg, MA), Cognitive Processing Therapy (by UW Medicine/Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress in Seattle, WA) and the Maternal Mental Health Intensive training (by Seleni Institute in New York, NY). In addition, I use and have trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, The Recovery Model, and Attachment Regulation, and Competency (ARC) frameworks to inform my practice. I am certified through Postpartum Support International as a Perinatal Mental Health (PMH-C) therapist and a current member of the National Association of Social Workers.
Most importantly, I assume a relational and strengths-based approach while working with clients. There needs to be trust and genuine connection in order to effectively address personal and some times painful topics. I am transparent in my approach and work as a team with clients. Together, we can develop a plan that will most effectively support you to reach your personal goals for emotional well being.