My goal in therapy is to make people feel seen, heard, and understood. By creating a safe, non-judgmental environment for my clients, I lay the foundation for a trusting therapeutic relationship to form. This foundation allows for positive change to happen. I have always been passionate about helping others achieve their goals, and help them get to where they want to be in life. Life is unpredictable and we all go through struggles and experiences that shape us in to who we are. Sometimes we need a little support to help us heal and grow through life’s challenges.
After receiving my Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at South Dakota State University, I gained experience providing therapy for children and adults in a community mental health center for four years and in private practice for six months. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor-Mental Health (LPC-MH), National Certified Counselor (NCC), Registered Play Therapist (RPT), and a Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP) in the state of South Dakota. I utilize child-centered play therapy techniques and Theraplay® techniques to help children who struggle with anxiety, depression, attachment, trauma and behavioral challenges. I have completed the level one Theraplay® training which is an attachment-based therapy that works with repairing the caregiver/child relationship with a focus on nurturance, structure, challenge and engagement skills.
I am trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy to work with adolescents and adults in individual and group therapy. I lead DBT groups at Reverence Counseling. Issues I have experience in working with adults include trauma, depression, anxiety, life transitions, self-harm behaviors, relationship and occupational stressors, and emotion regulation. I believe that meeting people with grace and acceptance allows for beautiful change to happen. I am honored to be a part of Reverence Counseling Services doing what I love most, helping people heal and create their life worth living.
For more information about play therapy and Theraplay® see below:
Association for Play Therapy: https://www.a4pt.org
Theraplay® Institute: https://theraplay.org