I have been helping adults and teens work through a variety of mental health concerns for the last 20 years, and working as a therapist since 2008. Prior to starting in private practice, I spent 7 years working with people experiencing homelessness, mental illness, and substance abuse. Through that experience, I learned so much about how people respond to suffering, and that has led me to an endless curiosity about the mind, body, nervous system, and trauma.
I graduated from Anderson University (Indiana) with a B.A. in Psychology, and from Bethel Seminary with a M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy. Recently, I have begun the process towards certification in Internal Family Systems, or IFS, having completed Level 1 and 2 trainings. I have also completed Part 1 and 2 training in Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). I have spent significant time studying the connection between the mind and body through lens of Interpersonal Neurobiology and Polyvagal Theory. My work is informed by somatic oriented treatments, attachment focused therapy, and Brené Brown's research on shame and vulnerability.
Outside of the office, I have been married for 20 years, and have three children that keep me busy! I love exploring nature, hiking and backpacking as much as I can. I have really enjoyed recently being able to include my children in backpacking adventures in the Sierra Nevada mountains.