Whether you are considering your calling, feeling lonely, sad, or anxious, wrestling with spiritual questions or perfectionism, negotiating stressful family or work situations, adjusting to a diagnosis, grieving a loss, sorting out your identity, managing a mental health condition, recovering from trauma, discerning next steps, or trying to strengthen a marriage or relationship--we can collaborate to help you not just survive, but thrive.
During my previous career as a college professor, one of my students told me "Your goal is to help us lead lives that matter." Now as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) seeing individuals and couples, helping you thrive is what I do —by connecting and walking with you as you ponder, feel, and reshape your life.
I provide individual and couple therapy for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. I assist couples in preparing for marriage, enriching your relationship, or discerning how to move forward if you or your partner is considering divorce. I use Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) to help couples understand and change destructive cycles, heal ruptures, increase trust, and deepen emotional bonds in your relationship. I have co-facilitated Hold Me Tight® workshops several times with my colleague, Bryan Kingsriter.
I use Pia Mellody’s Post-Induction Therapy for helping individuals with developmental trauma learn how to love yourself, use boundaries to protect yourself, know who you are and share that appropriately with others, do self-care, and express your reality moderately.
I have an MA in Counseling and Psychological Services from Saint Mary's University and a Doctorate in Theology from Luther Seminary. Since coming to the MN Couple Therapy Center in 2015, I have provided therapy for hundreds of couples and numerous individuals. I am a Certified EFT Therapist, and I regularly seek continuing education for helping people who have experienced trauma.
My past experience includes crisis and suicide intervention phone counseling, providing individual therapy at a college counseling center, and more than 30 years working with college students of varied ages, sexual orientations, gender identities, socioeconomic classes, races, ethnicities, and religious backgrounds.