I believe that we are all doing the best we can with what we have and that we all have the capacity for change. I consider distress to be a normal part of being human rather than an abnormality, so my work focuses on improving functioning, coping skills, and wellbeing instead of getting rid of problems. Challenges, pain and discomfort, and fear, among other things, are present in all our lives; it is how we think about and work with these experiences that matters most. I am passionate about psychological and physical health as well as bringing clients closer to their personal health goals.
I use an integrative and holistic approach to address a wide variety of client needs and preferences. I draw most heavily from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Attachment Theory, and Polyvagal Theory. I practice trauma-informed care, a three-stage technique designed to build up coping skills and strong feelings of safety before diving into trauma work. My practice aligns with mind-body medicine to consider mental, physical, and behavioral health, as well as the interaction among these systems, when working with clients and co-creating treatment plans.
I consider the relationship between clients and myself to be the most important factor in therapy. If we work together, you can expect a calm, engaged, supportive environment. You are the expert on your life, and I look forward to learning more about you. I am motivated to assist you in living out your values and becoming more present in your day-to-day life. I strongly believe that therapy should be personalized to your unique goals and life history, meaning therapy looks different across clients. I take a very collaborative approach and regularly check in about how you feel therapy has been working for you. I am committed to your growth and excited to learn more about what matters to you. We will work to identify your values and learn how to take steps that bring you closer to a “life worth living”. You will have the opportunity to develop a relationship with your physical body by learning about the nervous system and mindfully paying attention to your own.
I have been a Minnesotan my entire life. I received my Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas (UST) in 2021. I am currently a third-year doctoral student at UST. I have worked in school and hospital settings, with individuals aged 14 and up experiencing a variety of concerns. When I’m not doing homework, you can find me hiking, reading, traveling, or hanging out with my pets and partner.
I look forward to working together!