If you are reading this, you are likely looking for support. I wanted to make this site an accessible place for clients to find out what services I provide but also to give you a little glimpse into who I am as a therapist. I firmly believe that the art of the work done in therapy is built upon relational connection and trust. I work hard to keep a small caseload of clients so that I can provide intentional, informed and supportive care. My desire is to help people feel validated, encouraged and connected, for relationships to improve, and to provide education about mental health topics to make our world a better place.
I am passionate about relational work because I feel like who we are in relationships defines and shapes how we feel about ourselves and the world. Relationships affect our motivation, lifestyle, and self-esteem. With connection, we can thrive, and without, we most definitely suffer. With my training in child development, Enneagram, personality assessments, family dynamics and a variety of systemic-based therapy approaches, I like clients to figure out how they have functioned and are currently functioning in their world. By providing insight about the role client’s play, they can change how they interact, who they surround themselves with, and find good support systems to thrive. This can be seen in my work of helping adoptive children attach to new parents, helping a young adult process childhood wounds, to help a partner leave an abusive marriage, or to help families realign their roles to be healthier. Whether I am seeing a client one-on-one or a family that fills every seat in my office, my overarching theme is looking at how each person attaches and functions in their greater system and the world.
I firmly feel that you get out of therapy what you put into it. I often recommend readings, homework, and other exercises or supplements to therapy to holistically improve one’s mental health status. I work with other professional health providers to collaborate care and advocate with schools, the court system, and community supports if family’s needs my help. If you are ready to dig deep, do some hard work and self-reflection, and are open to making changes, my office might be a good place to get started. I look forward to our time together.
A bit more about me…
- Graduated cum laude from Christian Theological Seminary with two years of individual supervision and training in Play Therapy, Solution-Focused therapy, Filial Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems therapy, and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy.
- Obtained award of Purdue University’s Student of the Year in 2007 for the department of Child Development and Family Studies
- Utilizes Enneagram Typology System to greater dive into the attachment style and relationships of clients with training on finding your number, Enneagram in relationships, spirituality in the Enneagram, Stances, and Triads.
- Obtained Tier 1 training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) for children, teens and adults
- Participated in several trainings with Bethany Christian Services, Children’s Bureau, community mental health and foster care agencies with a variety of attachment focused therapy modalities including THERAPLAY, Filial Therapy, group CBT, Parent-Child Relationship Therapy, non-directive play therapy in trauma, client-centered therapy, EFT for kids, and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy
- Have experience collaborating with psychiatrists, psychologists, hospitals, WRAP programs, Medicaid, schools, treatment teams, and other agencies for additional support.
- Published “Playing Out Problems”, an article for Indy’s Child magazine
- Co-Authored a chapter in “It’s Not About You: Understanding Adoptee Search, Reunion and Open Adoption” (Edited by Brooke Randolph, LMHC)
- Provide spiritual direction and therapy services with Grace Church’s Grace Care ministry
- Have personal and professional experience supporting families with children with special needs, particularly Autism Spectrum Disorder