With more than 20 years of combined experience in the mental and emotional health field, I have joyfully walked with people through many transitions of life. I have found, without a doubt, that the common theme among all of us is the need to be connected to one another in meaninful ways through acceptance and compassion of the self and the abiity to hold the space for others as they face difficult and pivotal choices in life. There is no way we can avoid pain. The very nature of living demands that we experience both the ecstacy and the suffering inherent in life. We often convince ourselves that by building invisibile walls of armour, we are protecting our heart, the emotional center of our being. In fact, we are actually creating emotional blockages that stagnate the natural flow of our energetic systems, halting our own healing process, and cutting ourselves off from the connection to the higher self and the bigger picture of life.
For me, the therapeutic process is not just about learning how to manage our emotions or cope with life. It is about finding the beauty in every moment, and yes, there is a beauty that can be realized even in our moments of suffering, for it is through the understanding of our own suffering cycle that we begin the journey of reclaiming our essential self, trusting our own wisdom, and opening our hearts to the this magical and mystical experience we call life purpose.
My decision to move from therapy in the agency/corporate sector to private practice began 15 years ago out of a deep need to return to the exploration of the raw potential of human existence and the transcendant nature of the soul. I immersed myself in the study of the great masters of the past and present in psychology, philosophy and spirituality, from Carl Jung and John Paul Sartre to the Dalai Lama and Candice Pert. While I am eternally grateful for all of the knowledge I have been able to glean from these wonderful minds, the most compelling and magnificent of teachers in my life have been my clients, who in their strength and vulnerability have taught me what wisdom really is. I am grateful to have been a part of their journey and I am a better person and therapist for having traveled with them.
Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology, University of Nebraska - Omaha, 1995
Master's of Arts in Clinical Counseling, University of Nebraska - Omaha, 1998
License, Certifications & Notables
Licensed Mental Health Professional, State of Nebraska, #2576
Clinical Supervisor for Mental Health Licensure, State of Minnesota
Adjunct Faculty, Graduate Department of Counseling, University of Nebraka-Omaha, 2003-2008
Studies Abroad in Czech Republic, Belgium, and France, Psychology, University of Palekskeho, 1992
Flower Essence & Herb Tinctures in Emotional Health
Meditation & Mindfulness
Professional Activities and Memberships
AAPT (Association of Private Practitioners)
NCC (past member of the National Certified Counselors)
ACA (past member of the American Counseling Association)