Sometimes in life, events happen that can disrupt our life plans and threaten our confidence and belief in ourselves, leaving us feeling “stuck.” In my work, I strive to help people find the value in themselves. I enjoy working with individuals, families and couples ages 8 and up.
I have worked with individuals to manage and overcome anxiety, depression, ADHD, autism, adjustment disorders, family relationship issues, marital stress, financial stress, goal setting, finding balance in life, working to improve self-esteem and self-confidence and to address stress and trauma in their lives.
I graduated from Simpson College, with a BA in Marketing and earned my Master’s in Social Work from the University of Iowa. I have experience working in addictions and have worked in a variety of treatment and mental health settings.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends and being outdoors. I am an avid outdoorsman and enjoy archery, hunting, fishing, camping, exploring new things and bonfires.
I look forward to working with you!
There are times when we all need a safe and caring place to express our true thoughts and feelings.
I have worked with a wide variety of individuals, in a variety of different settings and have over fifteen years experience. I utilize play therapy and other expressive therapies with children and adolescents 3 years old and up. I also enjoy working with adults utilizing a person-centered approach.
Issues I work with include ADHD, anxiety, depression, trauma, behavioral issues, grief and loss, and self-esteem. I also have experience working with autism, developmental disorders, and substance abuse.
In my free time, I enjoy photography, crochet, knitting, and generally anything “crafty”. I also enjoy playing video games and watching Netflix while cuddling with my two French Bulldogs. I’m family-oriented and can usually be found with my husband, mother, sisters, and nieces and nephew.
I believe that the most important factor when looking for a therapist is the relationship. I strive to be authentic and genuine in all of my interactions and to build safe and supportive relationships that foster positive change.
I look forward to learning about you, your family, and your life!
I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in pre-med from William Penn College and then earned my Master’s in Social Work from the University of Iowa. I am a Licensed Independent Social Worker and have over 25 years experience working with individuals, couples and families. After spending the past 23 years at the Des Moines VA I look forward to continuing my passion with the wonderful staff here at Synergy.
I have received special training and have extensive experience working with adult survivors of sexual abuse including military, childhood and adult traumas. My clinical experience also includes a focus on depression, anxiety, trauma, stress management, and substance abuse for individuals and groups.
In my free time, I love to spend time with my family, my three dogs, and working with the flowers around my home. My greatest joy is to see my clients happy, and confident having the skills to blossom into their full potential.
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