I am a Wisconsin native and grew up and have lived in central Wisconsin all my life. I attended the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities for my first year of college in 2005 and then transferred to UW-Stevens Point for the remainder of my undergraduate degree. I have a Bachelor's degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Human Service and a Master's Degree in Professional Counseling from Lakeland University. I am certified in Motivational Interviewing and incorporate the concepts of motivational interviewing into my practice with consumers on a daily basis. I am also trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
My first job in human services was through Professional Services Group where I provided home detention and intensive supervision services for juveniles. I transitioned into social work as a CPS social worker for Adams County for 4 years. My first job as a therapist was at Therapy Without Walls in Reedsburg where I provided community-based therapeutic services. My personal mission is to help people achieve mental wellness through personal growth and discovery, while learning new skills and techniques to enhance their daily functioning. I specialize in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and incorporate Rogerian principles like unconditional positive regard and empathy into a person-centered, strengths-based approach to counseling.
For self care, I enjoy working out, running, and going to the movies. I am married and have three beautiful daughters. My relationship with God is paramount to my life and I wouldn't be where I am today without that. I am also a professional photographer as photography has always been a passion of mine.