I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with a Masters in Social Work. I earned my Masters degree in the United States, and went on to practice in East London, the United Kingdom, rural Montana, and Nevada where I saw adults and adolescents. A majority of my work has been with at-risk teens and in group homes in Montana, as well as a counselor in public schools. In Nevada, I ran domestic violence groups, DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) groups, and Women’s Coping Skills groups.
Growing up I spent summers on Montana ranches, where I learned to train horses. Caring for and understanding animals is my way of keeping in touch with the natural world and practicing mindfulness. In the giving and receiving of non verbal communication with animals, I have learned a compassion for life that informs my work as a counselor. As a dancer, I believe that physical fitness and healthy living impacts one’s mental state, and I bring this personal experience to the therapeutic relationship. The mind/body connection helps me bring play and spontaneity into therapy as a way to help clients break out of pre-existing patterns. With this mindset I find that clients and I can explore imagery and metaphor to develop healthy communication with others and with ourselves. When people come to me, I assume they are complex individuals who have already developed successful strategies for surviving and living their life, based on their culture, family, working life and personal histories. It is important that my clients experience the respect I have for them from the beginning.
My primary interest is in working with adults and couples, and as a therapist I aim to support an interactive process that is both respectful and challenging. The give-and-take dialogue that is possible in therapy can create momentum and progress, and I look forward to bringing that possibility to you and to your life.