Since you found your way to my page, it is likely that you or someone you care about needs someone to listen to them and to help. Please explore my web page to get a feel for who I am, as both a therapist and a person. I offer you my help based on almost 20 years as a therapist, a consultant for schools and counties around the twin cites, and a post-secondary educator.
If you've participated in therapy in the past, or know someone who has, you know doubt know that depth and quality of the therapeutic relationship is a key to success. As a therapist my philosophy is to always help my clients feel heard, and "feel felt". Whether you are 13, 30 or 90 years old, I consider it an honor to be included in even a small part of your journey.
I have worked successfuly with children over the age of 10 years old, adolescents, adults, couples and families. I am a systems thinker and have found great success working with all populations in the context of the family or other institutions.
The work that I have done with individual adults and couples has been very rewarding. I tend to have a rather pragmatic approach to therapy in that I look at each individual very holistically. I have a passion for understanding, teaching and proving through results the truth that therapy is not "just talking". My clients very commonlly come to experience the power that they have to actually change the structure and circuitry of their brains and nervous systems through intentional, focused living.
Earlier in the lifespan I have a particular place in my heart for people in their teenage and young adult years as they proceed into an increasingly exciting, but stressful world. I always wonder if I should share this with folks, but people who know me say they find this truth about me refreshing rather than negative. My sister, whom I love, once told me "you're so good at working with kids because you never totally grew up". I think it's O.K. to admit that she's telling the truth. For some reason I have an acute ability to relate to teens and young adults as if I still was one. Believe me,--note the hairline in the pictures-- I am not! I believe that my perspective of youth, coupled with the truth, that I have lived a fairly long and blessed life and am the parent of a college student, offers me a rather unique dual experience with the kids that come into my office. I know when to think and validate like a kid. I know when to speak as an adult/parent. And, I succeed in establishing myself as an objective, non-threatening adult in a child's world. Kids seem to find it safe to listen to my therapeutic perspectives.
Whether assisting male or female, old or young family or individual, the following are areas that I can claim expertise:
♦AD/HD and other Learning Disabilities
♦Attachment and all family of origin issues
♦Anxiety, Depression and other Mood Disorders such as Bi-Polar disorder and OCD
♦School and vocational issues (including IEP assistance, and transition to college)
♦Marital and relationship difficulties
♦Trauma and PTSD
♦Help with parenting
Here are the answers to some of the common questions prospective clients have:
Q-Where is your office located?
A-Think of the Mall of America. My office is just a couple of minutes away from MOA in east Richfield.
Q-What are typical the hours for my practice?
A-I generally work Monday through Thursday 8:30 until 7:00. I don't work Friday through Sunday.
Q-Am I available to talk outside of work hours?
A- I give all clients my work-related cell phone number. This doesn't mean that I am available 24/7, but I return all calls quickly including most weekends.
Q-Do I take insurance?
A-I am an out of network provider for all insurance companies. I bill for all my clients through my billing specialist and most clients get reimbursed by their insurance copmany. Your insurance company will be able to give you specifics about your coverage with an out of network provider.
Q-What are my fees?
A-My hourly rate is $165.00.
Q- Can I fill out paperwork prior to our first visit?
A-Yes. Below are links to those forms so you can print them off, fill them out, and bring them in. If you have questions about the forms just contact me using the information below.
Q-How should I contact you?
A-Email and phone are both great. here is my contact info:
Office Phone-612-798-7373 ext. 17
♦its important to note that you may email me any information that you wish. I cannot, however insure the confidentiality of what you send. Likewise, I will not discuss therapeutic content with you over email because the priveledged nature of our relationship is of the utmost importance to me.