Life can be challenging, but you don't have to face it alone. Whether you are not feeling like yourself, or you are trying to heal from past trauma, therapy can empower you to find solutions and become resilient.
Individual therapy may be right for you if you are struggling with any of the following: depression, anxiety, relationship problems, grief, trauma, attachment issues, major life transitions, stress management, parenting and family issues, behavioral issues in children, or any other mental health concern.
Individual therapy is available for children, teens, and adults. I offer therapy at my Washburn office, as well as a school-based service in some local schools.
Group therapy has many benefits. It is a great place to practice skills that you are working on in individual therapy (it is not necessary to be in individual therapy in order to attend groups). It is also a good place to connect with others who are experiencing similar life challenges, and to recognize that you are not alone in your struggle. You may be able to both give and receive help in the group, as well as learn applicable skills that can be practiced in a safe and nonjudgmental place.
Groups will be offered as needs arise. Examples include couples groups, parenting skills groups, CBT for anxiety groups, mindfulness groups, grief and loss groups, etc. If you are interested in having me offer a particular group, please let me know!
Relationships take work. And communication. And understanding. And....the list goes on! Whether you are a new couple looking to strengthen the foundation of your relationship, or you are experiencing challenges in your current relationship, couples therapy can be a powerful tool for couples to learn how to connect, communicate, and resolve conflicts in a healthy way. I am trained in Gottman Method Couples Therapy, which integrates assessment and research-based interventions.
Family therapy is a very versatile type of therapy. Each family is unique, but one thing remains true about all families-the entire family is affected by the actions of each family member, good and bad. The saying "no person is an island"rings true when it comes to families.
Family therapy can be used to prepare for a divorce or remarriage, handle a death or loss, or handle a family member's mental health or behavioral issue that is affecting the family. Family therapy can also be used when families desire to have stronger communication and more meaningful relationships, or when they wish to heal from a familial trauma together.
EMDR is a specialized type of therapy that has been shown to be a highly effective treatment for many different mental health concerns, particularly trauma. EMDR is based on the idea that during a traumatic event (big or small), memories are not processed or stored correctly. They are often stored in a way that is maladaptive to us, that does not help us function our best. EMDR utilizes something called bilateral stimulation (tapping, eye movements, or tones) that allows the brain and body to reprocess the maladaptively stored information and can help disturbing memories "lose their charge".
EMDR can be done in conjunction with individual therapy, or can be sought as a brief therapy for a specific issue.
Parenting is one of those things that EVERYONE has an opinion about. And I will be the first one to tell you that there is no one right way to do it. But...there are definitely some skills that I believe are beneficial for parents to have in their toolbox. Parenting is hard, and no one child is the same. Sometimes, parents have to adapt and try new things in order to find what works for them and their child. I have utilized approaches such as Parenting with Love and Logic, Trust Based Relational Intervention, and No-Drama Discipline: The Whole Brain Child. Most of all, I approach teaching parenting skills to families as an individualized practice, and recognize that each child and each family may need different skills and may hold different beliefs. My goal is to help parents feel empowered, help children feel understood, and foster a strong and genuine connection between parents and their children.
I am available for individual parenting skills consultation, group consultation, and will offer parenting skills groups when needs arise.
Rates and Insurance
I accept most local health plans. I am currently in network with Medicaid, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Health Care, Health Partners, Group Health, MHS, and Security Health Plan. If you would like to pay out of pocket, please contact me to discuss cash rates and payment options.