I have been providing individual, couples, and family counseling since I completed my degree in 2004. I am very thankful to have had the opportunity to work with a diversity of people facing a diversity of challenges over the past 12 years.
Prior to coming to St. Ambrose in 2014, I provided counseling services at a non-profit organization. During these 10 years, I developed an interest in working with individuals who had experienced trauma and abuse. Additionally, I enhanced my skills working with individuals struggling with relationship difficulties, emotional regulation, depression, anxiety, and self-harm behaviors.
In November 2015, I received a certification in Motivational Interviewing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This approach is effective in assisting people in identifying solutions to the challenges they are facing in a non-judgmental and client-driven manner. I have always viewed clients as the experts in the therapeutic relationship, and motivational interviewing is a great way to elicit clients' expertise in their own lives. Motivational Interviewing is the foundation for Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS), a model I use to assist students in exploring their drinking behaviors.
I approach counseling with an emphasis on the therapeutic relationship and enjoy seeing students grow and generalize the skills they learn in counseling to other areas of their lives. I utilize mindfulness activities, cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical-behavioral therapy, and motivational interviewing to assist students in developing resiliency and increased self-awareness. I am fascinated by how much we have learned about the brain in the past 10 years! I love using new research to assist students in changing old patterns by "carving new neural pathways" in their brains through repetition of new ways of thinking and behaving.
Students most often attend counseling because they would like to change something about their lives. My primary goal is to create a safe environment in which students can take the emotional risks necessary to achieve their desired goals.
Education and Training
- MSW, University of Iowa
- BS, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana Psychology