I have a Master of Education degree in Human Services from Concordia University of River Forest, IL (1995) and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside (1987). I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Wisconsin (#3160-125) and a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Illinois (#180-004744). I am certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and as a Clinical Anxiety Treatment Provider.
I have worked in mental health field for over thirty years. I worked with children and adolescents in residential and day treatment centers as child care specialist, lead therapist, and the diagnostic unit supervisor of two facilities. I have provided therapy for individuals (ages 4-80+), couples, and groups in outpatient and school-based settings. I worked at technical colleges as adjunct faculty. I contracted to provide court-ordered custodial assessments and court testimony in custody disputes. I worked as a guidance counselor in an elementary school. I’ve owned and operated a private practice, specializing in Christian counseling approaches.
I currently maintain a face-to-face and distance counseling private practice in Wisconsin as well as contract with an online counseling provider. I have supervised child care staff and provided clinical supervision to pre- and post-licensed counselors.
SPECIALTIES AND THEORETICAL ORIENTATION
I have training in Christian counseling, play therapy, mood disorders, personality disorders, clinical supervision, and trauma treatment. I have specialized training and certifications in Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Clinical Supervision, and Clinical Anxiety Treatment. In addition, I have training and experience in school-based and distance counseling. My most specialized skills are related to the provision of online therapy as well as other topics related to the use of technology in mental health.
My theoretical orientation is primarily based on cognitive behavioral theory, but I utilize mindfulness and other eclectic counseling techniques as well. I pull from other orientations as beneficial and necessary.
The client-therapist relationship as well as the supervisee-supervisor relationship is of critical importance to facilitate growth. Therefore, it is very important to me to provide a safe atmosphere for you to ask questions and view therapeutic “mistakes” as invaluable learning experiences.
If you have a particular theoretical orientation that I do not have training or expertise in, I will likely answer questions and facilitate the process from my theoretical orientation and offer referrals to other professionals who may be more able to assist you in developing additional skills apart from my expertise.
Part of my style of supervision involves the Discrimination Model, in which I focus on promoting the supervisee’s intervention skills, conceptualization skills, and personalization skills by utilizing three roles of teacher, counselor and consultant. I utilize supervision-based models and methods that combine psychodynamic (patient-centered classical) and developmental models.
I provide technology-facilitated face-to-face supervision in individual and group settings. I also utilize phone and email. All communications are secured on my end via HPAA approved security. I ask that you do the same to maintain proper levels of security and confidentiality.
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