Many times life provides circumstances that get in the way of a person’s goals, aspirations, and many times daily life functioning whether it be job, school, marriage, etc. My goal is to help people regain the strength that each person holds in themselves to overcome those stressful life burdens and regain a hope in themselves. I do this by providing a safe, secure, and nurturing environment to explore those difficulties and guide people to an individual resolution of those problems. I believe in a strong connection between the mind, body, and spirit and will utilize a person’s faith when appropriate.
I have been a practicing clinical therapist for children, adolescents, and adults for the past 21 years serving in a community mental health facility. I have served the Michiana area for the previous 12 years as a suicide prevention trainer, helped coordinate and manage a camp (Camp Mariposa) for children of addicted families, lead training workshops on a variety of different topics for the community, and served as the state hospital gatekeeper for children and adolescents in Elkhart and St. Joseph Counties. My specialties include: trauma, stress management, anxiety, depression, ADHD, life transition, and marriage counseling. The primary focus for my treatment is trauma focused cognitive behavior therapy, solutions focused therapy, existential therapy, and cognitive behavior therapy.
I completed my undergraduate psychology degree in 1992 and master’s degree in social work in 1995 at The Ohio State University. I served 8 years in the Ohio Army National Guard and marched in The Ohio State University Marching Band for 5 years. I have been married for 17 years, enjoy my precious cats, and I’m blessed with a strong family. I enjoy taking walks, reading crime novels, watching sports, cooking, and creating activities/games for kids.
If you are experiencing difficulties with yourself, family, or kids I would welcome the opportunity to work together to help restore the life that presently feels lost or overwhelming.
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