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My Background 

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 U.S., working in various community mental health and educational settings. In Worcester, Massachusetts, I formed trusting and positive relationships as a therapist in an alternative public school for adolescents involved 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 to address 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. 

 

My Practice
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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.

I specialize in trauma recovery & maternal mental health. Additional treatment areas include impacts of grief, loss, childhood abuse, sexual assault, disaster survival, anxiety, and depression. My approach to the impact of mental health challenges includes understanding how we internalize the messages that we receive from others, ourselves, our relationships, and life experiences. Most importantly, I assume a genuine relational and collaborative approach to therapy. I believe that everyone has the ability to learn how to cope with the challenges of life, no matter how overwhelming or shameful they might feel. 

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In-Network Insurance:

BlueCross BlueShield of Montana, Pacific Source, First Choice, Medicaid, Mountain Health Co-Op, Allegiance/Cigna

Contracts Accepted:

Wounded Warrior Project, Climbers Grief Fund, Mutual of Omaha

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