I began my journey to this practice in 1996 when I received my Bachelor's in Social Welfare at the University of Kansas continuing on my path to receive my Master's in Social Work at Loyola University of Chicago in 2003. I moved to the Denver area in 2005 and received my License in Clinical Social Work in 2006. My private practice began in Denver, CO in 2010 and I recently moved back to my home town Kansas City. I am currently licensed in the state of Missouri and Colorado and excited to bring my practice to the area. My approach/style has evolved through working in several settings which include a homeless shelter for youth, schools, families in adoption and foster care, residential treatment, and community mental health.
It is my belief that each person and/or family has unique qualities and challenges that make us who we are. We all have experiences and a genetic make-up that shape our beliefs/thinking, our emotional responses, and our behaviors. It is through exploration of these experiences and acceptance of our given biological, personality traits that we develop insight and the power to change. To accomplish this goal, I integrate several different approaches and strategies into my practice to meet you where you are at. These include but are not limited to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic and Family Systems theories, and Humanistic strategies. I also utilize knowledge of holistic, alternative interventions combined with Mindfulness techniques to assist you in your growth. Most importantly, I believe that every human being has unique strengths and deserves compassion, positive regard and honesty in the therapeutic relationship.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, taking my dog Maya to dog parks and on hikes, doing yoga, camping, travelling and reading. I am a big believer that self care plays a vital role in enhancing our lives and establishing balance so I like to practice what I preach to my clients.