I'm often asked why I wanted to be a counselor. In college, I started as an English Literature major. However, while I do enjoy a good book, I realized I wasn't necessarily passionate enough about literature to make a career of it. Both my Creative Writing and Art professors suggested I switch to their majors. Through that whole process, what I realized is that I have been drawn to to literature, writing, and art because of a love for story, authorship, and design. Psychology combines all three. We are all in a story with chapters behind us and ahead of us. I believe that we all have the ability to author aspects of our lives, and with the help of our imaginations, we can dream up and design a vision of what is possible. So, as a junior, I switched my major to psychology, and the switch was one of the best decisions of my life. I still remember walking away from the registrar's office, happy with the choice I made.
After undergrad, I went on to earn my Master's in Counseling Psychology. During that time and since then, I have worked in the field of mental health for over 17 years through a variety of mental health settings and roles. I have served adults with severe and persistent mental illness through community health programs and also through in-home mental health services. I have also worked with adults transitioning out of inpatient treatment back to their own housing.
In 2005, I began counseling college students at the University of Northwestern, St. Paul, and in 2006, I added private practice to the mix. I have been fortunate to connect with and learn from some wonderful, talented colleagues and clients along the way.
After thirteen years at Northwestern, I ended my work there to focus solely on my private practice. I absolutely love what I do. I count it as an honor and privilege to be able to sit with my clients and talk about the deeper, more important things in life. I like looking at the big picture with my clients and helping them to see what is possible for their story.
In the Midst of it all
I enjoy art, documentaries, travel, nature, camping, comedy, writing, true crime, concerts, and home design. I enjoy drawing, reading memoirs, and researching every random thing that pops into my mind.
I've been happily married for over 20 years and have two awesome daughters.