My Professional Philosophy:
Change is difficult and yet a part of life. I am committed to providing a safe and comfortable environment where one can explore their past, set personal goals, learn new skills and feel better about themselves and their lives. Discovering one’s strengths and feeling empowered is the path to healing.
For over 20 years I have provided individual, family, and group counseling to adults/teens and children. Presenting problems include: depression, anxiety, mood disorders, relationship issues, grief and loss, ADHD, sexual and physical abuse, family issues, anger management, divorce adjustment, trauma, school problems, and parenting issues. I have provided counseling in schools, in homes and in the office. I have extensive experience in play therapy and trauma work. I have also provided clinical supervision to Master level therapists for many years. I have taught Master level treatment classes to students at Western in the School of Social Work. I have provided trainings on trauma for community groups including Western Michigan University School of Social Work.
I am passionate about my work. Working with traumatized children and their families to learn new ways to cope and heal is a strong interest of mine. This includes conducting trauma assessments which provide information and recommendations for caregivers and service providers regarding the impact that a history of trauma has had on the life of a child. I am skilled at providing Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior therapy. Helping children/teens learn to express their feelings through play is also a modality I have used throughout my career. Working with families to develop healthier relationships through family therapy has always been a special interest of mine.
I received my Bachelor of Arts with a double major of Psychology and Sociology from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I received my Master in Social Work from Western Michigan University. I am a licensed Master Social Worker in the State of Michigan.
Aenta, BCBS, BCN, Beechstreet, Ceridian EAP, Cigna, Cofinity, Corphealth, Coventry Medicaid, Humana, Magellan, McLaren Medicaid, Medicare, Meridian Health Plan, Multiplan, NGS, Oakland Family Services, PHCS, PPOM, Priority Health, SmartHealth, United Behavioral Health/ United Healthcare/ Optum, Value Options.