I believe that all individuals, regardless of age, are on a journey toward a rich, full and meaningful life. Our journeys may be full of adventure and fun, but they also include times of pain and suffering. I see therapy as a collaborative process where clients and therapist join together to learn skills and techniques that help to us to continue to move toward what is important to us even when the path forward is difficult. My work focuses on compassion, resiliency and flexibility and the knowledge that each person has the ability to tap into their own strength and healing.
I have been a social worker since 1989 and have worked with a variety of ages and in a variety of settings. My work with children and families as the Director of Social and Emotional Health Initiatives at Communities In Schools motivated me to return to clinical work. I joined the counseling center at Family and Children Services in 2014.
I believe in an eclectic approach to therapy with a goal of bringing together the tools and techniques that are the most helpful in each situation. I have a strong commitment to mindfulness based therapeutic models, in particular, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), which is an evidenced based model, which uses acceptance and mindfulness approaches, together with commitment and behavior change strategies, to increase psychological flexibility. For my work with children, I combine mindfulness approaches with play therapy, art and movement.
Master of Social Work, University of Kansas, 1989
Bachelor of Science, Journalism, University of Kansas, 1986
Aetna, BCBS, BCN, Cofinity, CMH, DHS, Magellan, McLaren Medicaid, Meridian Health Plan, Priority Health, SmartHealth, United Behavioral health/ United Healthcare/ Optum, Value Options.