My Background and Practice
My social services career began when I worked at a group home for adolescents involved in the criminal justice system in Portland, Oregon. I moved to Jackson, Wyoming, after earning my undergraduate degree at Bates College in Maine in 1997. My work with adults who were managing chronic mental health challenges in Jackson led me to return 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 as a therapist for adolescents in an alternative public school due to their involvement in the legal system. While living in Seattle, I supported families to navigate complex relationships and experiences of loss and poverty. Locally, I worked in Missoula and Bozeman schools, addressing adolescent trauma, before starting my private practice in 2017. In addition to my own life experiences and raising my 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 am certified through Postpartum Support International as a Perinatal Mental Health Certified (PMH-C) therapist, a rostered provider of Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD, and a current member of the National Association of Social Workers. My training includes interventions such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, and EMDR. 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. I value my clients' unique perspectives and expertise on their own lives. Together, we can develop a plan that will most effectively support you to reach your personal goals for emotional well being.
BlueCross BlueShield of Montana, Pacific Source, First Choice, Medicaid, Mountain Health Co-Op, Allegiance/Cigna
Wounded Warrior Project, Climbers Grief Fund, Mutual of Omaha