I provide professional counseling services to individuals and couples addressing a variety of issues including:
depression, anxiety, relationship issues, marriage counseling, grief and loss, life transitions, self-esteem, stress management, anger, parenting and step-parenting, divorce, remarriage, career counseling and financial issues. I have specialized training in relationships and couples counseling. I also have specialized training in treating trauma and other issues using EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy).
My counseling practice is client-centered and strengths-based, incorporating modalities such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Imago Relationship Therapy, Gottman Relationship Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Therapies, Psychodynamic Therapy, Family Systems Therapy and Gestalt Therapy – based on each client’s needs and goals. I am dedicated to creating a counseling environment where clients feel safe to share and be both supported and challenged in their journey toward self-healing and growth. I specialize in helping people find peace, joy and balance in their relationship with themselves and with others.
After building a successful career in sales and management, I had the opportunity to make a career change in order to pursue the work that is my true calling, clinical social work, and dedicate my career to helping people in a more meaningful way. I feel fortunate to be doing work that I love and that allows me integrate my clinical training with my prior professional and personal experiences.
Master of Social Work, University of Kansas, 2007
Graduate Business Management Coursework, 20+ hours (Univ. of Texas-Dallas, Rockhurst Univ. & Keller Graduate School of Management)
Bachelor of Science, Southern Methodist University, 1990
I have an ongoing commitment to professional training as a counselor and have completed many counseling workshops and programs including:
Imago Relationship Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Gottman Couples Therapy, EMDR Level II, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I), Therapeutic Lifestyle Change (TLC), Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Intimate Partner Violence, Trauma-Focused CBT, Mindfulness and Positive Psychology, and Gestalt Body-Centered Therapy.
Relationship Therapy: I am a Certified Imago Relationship Therapist. I have completed clinical training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and in Gottman Couples Therapy.
Financial Therapy: I am a Certified Financial Therapist (CFSW) and have completed advanced training in Financial Social Work and the treatment of Compulsive Shopping/Spending.
Affiliations and Licensure
Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker (LSCSW) in Kansas
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Missouri
Certified Financial Social Worker (CFSW)
National Association of Social Workers
American Psychological Association
Imago Relationships International (IRI)
International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy
Integrative Psychotherapy Training Group
Grief Support Network
Give an Hour™ Network
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