I received my Bachelor’s in Psychology from Iowa State University in 2005 and my Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pacific Lutheran University in 2008.
I have worked in direct care with children and adolescents struggling with emotional regulation and in community mental health providing outpatient mental health therapy services to children, couples and families. I was the lead facilitator for a program called Parenting with Love and Limits working with teens struggling with unwanted behavior and parents searching for ways to reach out to their kids. I have had the privilege of working with all types of people from different ages, sexual orientations, socioeconomic status, races and family structure.
I grew up in Des Moines and after receiving my Bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University, felt a calling to explore the country. My husband and I moved to the state of Washington where I obtained my Master’s Degree, reveled in the beauty of Mount Rainier daily, visited the shore repeatedly, and ate my fair share of fresh seafood. After moving to Colorado, I was in constant awe of the vastness of the mountains that had the easy ability to make you feel like you were on top of the world. It was there that I was able to really grow in my ability to connect to others through therapy, learn new and innovative ways to help others. As our children grew, we came to realize the importance of family and how much being a kid in Iowa meant to us, so we moved home!
When I am not working, I spend my time with my husband and two children. We like to work in our garden, watch movies, play in the backyard and spend time with friends and family. Des Moines is a growing and vibrant community and that is ever changing and I am so grateful to work with my city’s natives and transplants.