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I am a licensed psychologist and bring a wide range of clinical experience to my practice. I received my Doctorate from the University of Kansas, and I have worked and trained in multiple VA Hospitals and four different university counseling centers across the country. I most recently served as the Director of Training at the Iowa State Counseling Services before moving into independent practice. I believe that therapy work is greatly enhanced when you feel a strong connection with your therapist. When you know the person across the room “gets” you, it is a whole lot easier to make difficult changes and to start healing. Building meaningful relationships with all of my clients is a top priority for me. As a therapist, I provide a blend of support and challenge; it’s my goal to help you feel grounded and give you new tools, so you can feel empowered to take risks and to be an agent in your own life. I bring a sense of humor to my work while also leaving room for reflective conversation, and I strive to create a warm, collaborative, and transparent therapy relationship with each of my clients.
I typically utilize an integrated approach that relies heavily on interpersonal process and incorporates other empirically-supported interventions. I believe two critical ingredients for change are: increasing self-awareness and creating opportunities to have a different experience (both in therapy and in your life). In order to be the most effective, I typically tailor my approach based on your presenting concerns, personal background, and therapy goals. My areas of interest and expertise include: trauma, managing depression and anxiety, eating disorders, identity development, coping with grief and loss, stress management/relaxation, difficulties in interpersonal relationships, and family of origin issues. I also specialize in working people who identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual and trans* identified individuals. I have unique experience in working with psychology professionals in training and early career psychologists.