I obtained a BA in Psychology from Ohio State University and an MS in Clinical Counseling from the University of Dayton. I have been a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) since 1997 and have been doing therapy with a variety of populations including Wilderness Therapy for 30 years. Most recently, I helped start and develop an international adventure therapy
program in Costa Rica.
As an adoptee, I enjoy any opportunity to work with adopted young people. I have trained with some of the leading experts in adoption and attachment. I am committed to helping kids and families heal their relationships and improve communication. I believe in treating the “core” issue instead of only focusing on behaviors. I also believe in establishing strong relationships with my students and families as an effective means of facilitating the therapeutic process. I believe that the key to effective therapy is all about the connection. In my opinion, therapy is not about techniques and the latest research, but about the connection between people.
One of my biggest strengths is my creativity. I use this in my work with families, adolescents, and young adults. I emphasize the importance of complete openness and honesty with my families. I feel this is the time to get everything out on the table and to share the things that you’ve been afraid to share in the past. This helps bring families closer together as well as improving overall communication.
I also believe in individualized treatment. I believe that you have to meet every family, adolescent, and young adult where they are and that you must adjust your style depending on what they need. It is necessary to have a lot of tools in your toolbox because every person brings a set of new challenges and issues. It is important to be able to find a way in and establish a relationship with whom you are working with. Oftentimes this means thinking outside the box and being creative. I challenge families to gain insight into their own issues and I believe that the process by which they resolve their issues is more important than the issue itself.
I have also worked with the full range of behavioral and emotional challenges youth struggle with, including mood disorders, grief, attachment, trauma, substance abuse, learning and attention/impulsive disorders. I’ve assisted countless young people in developing stress management strategies and improving social and life skills. I have worked extensively with families in helping to improve family communication and relations. I have also supervised many clinicians working towards licensure, as well as provided training to mental health workers. I am very committed and dedicated to my clients and their families and bring professionalism and authenticity to my work.
In my spare time I love to mountain bike, hike, snowboard, cross-country ski, skate ski, back country snowboard, and play guitar. I am a musician on the side and have been in many bands over the years. I love hiking with my dog Pliskin and have enjoyed raising him from just 8 weeks old. I have guided biking trips all over the U.S.