MSW, LICSW, SEP
Thanks for stopping by! I’m a master’s level clinical social worker and I love what I do! I received my master’s degree from Augsburg College and have been licensed since 2008. Although most of my work has been in outpatient therapy settings, I have also worked for an intensive treatment program for individuals with co-occurring disorders. Throughout my career I have worked with children, adolescents and adults, with extensive experience working with trauma, both complex and developmental. I also work with anxiety, depression, addiction, self-esteem issues, chronic stress, life changes and feeling stuck. I have more than 13 years of experience working with indigenous communities and am committed to social and racial justice.
I believe we all have what we need to heal within ourselves. I also believe that it’s not always clear how to heal painful wounds on your own. Over the years I’ve learned different ways to support healing and growth. My two main influences to healing are Somatic Experiencing and Internal Family Systems, and they work well together. I completed a 3 year Somatic Experiencing certificate program which specifically looks at what happens in the body and nervous system when there is a traumatic event(s) or chronic stress. This made so much sense to me, as many of us know there are some things that feel alive in our bodies even though we may have talked about and processed these experiences many times. Maybe you feel a lot in your body or maybe you feel very little in your body, SE has ways of understanding this and addressing the symptoms that are getting in the way. Internal Family Systems is a compassionate, non-pathologizing approach to understanding ourselves and healing the parts who have burdens and those who work to protect vulnerabilities. I’ve completed Level I and II training in IFS. If you are interested in scheduling an appointment, please send me a message on the contact us page.