I graduated with both my Bachelors of Social Work and Masters of Social Work from Grand Valley State University. I have experience working with individuals ages 15 and up.
I have worked with a variety of individuals including but not limited to: domestic violence and sexual assault survivors (both in a shelter and counseling setting), as well as, individuals identifying as LGBTQIA+, individuals with substance use disorders, mental health concerns, and developmental disabilities.
As a social worker, I believe that there is not one therapy modality that works for everyone. I believe that we must mold our therapy practices to fit each client, as they are the expert in their own lives. I have training and I continue to use Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Trauma-Informed Care. I continue to research and learn new treatment modalities as I believe we are all lifelong learners.
I am able to help individuals through traumatic experiences (both present and past), difficult decisions, grief and loss, anxiety and depression, anger and emotion expression, and life transitions.
I am a strong advocate for all people, meaning all genders, sexual orientations, races, ethnicities, beliefs and lifestyles. I strive to create a safe and calm environment where everyone feels comfortable sharing with me their life journey.