I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) with a Masters in Clinical Social Work from the University of St. Thomas and St. Catherine University. I have more than 10 years experience working with children and families with diverse needs and backgrounds, including significant experience diagnosing and treating mental health issues in children from birth to age six. My practice includes children up to 8 years old, as well as adults struggling with parenting issues and children and families working through fostering and/or adoption. I have a passion for working with young children and families who are experiencing issues with anxiety, attachment, trauma, and behavior.
Your child, and your family, may have endured difficult experiences in life. Together, we will work through unresolved issues, process them, and begin to move forward. I offer a gentle and compassionate heart to my clients using an integrative approach of play-based therapies grounded in child development, attachment theory, and family systems theory. I have extensive training in infant and early childhood mental health, including diagnosing children birth to age six, Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Experiential Play Therapy (EPT), and Conscious Discipline. Together with parents, I explore the meaning of your child’s behavior. We will use a variety of play-based interventions designed to address your child’s needs and help them achieve healing in a developmentally appropriate way.
Because caregivers are essential to the development of young children, my work focuses on supporting caregivers. Even when working with a child one-on-one, such as during Experiential Play Therapy, parents play an important role in the process, by participating in the beginning of a session, end of a session, or at a separate time. In addition to understanding your child’s experience, I want to be able to understand and support your experience as a parent. While parenting can bring joy and delight it can also bring demands, challenges, frustrations, and uncertainty. My goal is to join with you in navigating these difficulties, as well as celebrating the successes. I offer parents a variety of approaches, tools, and language that will support your child’s needs in the home and community.
“We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.”
Licensing and Certificates
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
License Number #21867
Certificate–Trauma Informed Child Parent Psychotherapy
MN Dept. of Human Services
Education and Training
Masters of Social Work
Parent Child Interaction Training
University of Oklahoma Health Science Center
Conscious Discipline 1
Conscious Discipline Summer Institute