6600 Westown Parkway
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266
Licensed Independent Social Worker
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Criminal Justice - Simpson College
Master of Social Work (MSW) - University of Iowa
I have practiced in the mental health field since 2012. I began my career working with children and their families experiencing trauma and adverse events in a residential setting and then worked with children and adolescents in a school based setting. Most recently, I have practiced in an outpatient mental health clinic where I provided services to children, adolescents, adults, and older adults. I also have experience working in in a primary care clinic partnering with physicians to provide mental health therapy to support overall health of patients of all ages.
Anxiety, depression, and mood disorders, trauma, grief and loss, adolescent issues, life transitions and adjustments, work life balance, anger management, stress management, relationship concerns, family stress and conflict, motivation and goal setting, women’s issues, personal growth, LGBTQ+ affirming.
My primary focus is on building a therapeutic relationship that is individualized to the person, focusing on your strengths, personal knowledge of yourself, and your experience. I collaborate with you to help you develop a deeper understanding of each of these. My goal is to make sure you feel heard and supported, while also assisting you to identify and illicit change in areas you want to improve. Part of my approach is to work on intentionally providing a safe space to explore and reflect on any life experience or issue you would like to address.
My approach is client centered, strength based, and trauma informed. Humor and compassion for self are inherent in my day to day work with clients. I am an active and directive therapist and regularly provide feedback, verbalize ways to explore issues from different perspectives, and engage in education regarding the different topics and focus of our work together. I primarily use cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and solution focused therapy, and trauma informed care.
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