6600 Westown Parkway
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266
Doctor of Philosophy
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Doctorate, Human Development and Family Studies - Iowa State University
Master of Science, Marriage and Family Therapy - Kansas State University
Clinical Member - American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy
I have been practicing in the mental health field since 1998 with experience in hospitals, emergency rooms, community agencies, residential treatment facilities, schools, and the insurance industry.
Including but not limited to Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders (OCD, Panic Disorder, Phobias, Generalized Anxiety Disorder), Personal Growth, Relationship and Family Issues
The therapeutic models I work from are Solution-Focused, Brief Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral, Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Narrative, and Family Systems Theory. My treatment approach is determined by the presenting problem and the best fit for the client.
I know some individuals are in significant pain when they reach out for help. I respect, appreciate, and honor the courage it takes to be vulnerable. I believe my clients have the strength and resources to resolve their problems and are temporarily “stuck” when they decide to enter treatment. Although I believe it is best for clients to come to their own conclusions about what is right for them, I consider myself an active therapist who gives feedback. I work closely with my clients in creating goals and setting up a plan of action, which assists the client in achieving these goals. I also believe that therapy does not have to be long-term to be productive. I utilize psychoeducation and gold standard treatments to assist my clients in gaining skills that will help them realize their full potential currently and in the future.
I value the importance of communication and collaboration with not only my clients, but physicians or other helping professionals involved in my client's care as I believe teamwork is valuable. As such, I am happy to refer to other professionals who may be of benefit to my client's improved well-being. Overall, I provide a straightforward approach to treatment, instilling hope and offering guidance and practical solutions.
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