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I am drawn towards people
where they come from,
who they are,
where they are going
I consistently attend to the the way emotions and sensations weave throughout the fibers of our stories, awakening us to limitations and teaching us to be mindful of the needs of our bodies and hearts. I love to help others harness their unique strengths and unleash their creativity. When this process is cultivated, life emerges with fullness.
I assist clients in their movement towards health and optimization of their personal potential. You don’t have to be in crisis to seek counseling—you can simply be hungry for growth! However, there are times in life when help is needed. When those arise, my clinical specialities include anxiety, depression, trauma, postpartum anxiety/depression (PMAD), and interpersonal conflicts. My practice has specific focuses on women’s issues, identity formation in teens/adults, and spiritual explorations/struggles.
Trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) through the EMDR Institute
Pursuing Certification as an EMDR Therapist through Maiberger Institute
Spiritual Director through the Grand Rapids Dominican Center’s Practicum
Completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training through From the Heart Yoga Studio (RYT® 200)
Completed the PSI Two-Day Training for Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMAD)
Completed the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course through the Grand Rapids Center for Mindfulness
Accredited in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy through DBT Center of Michigan
I have a Bachelor’s in English Education from Michigan State University (Sparty On! however, Michigan fans welcome too) and after several years in the teaching profession, I earned my Master’s of Social Work from Grand Valley State University.
On non-work days, I enjoy teaching my young daughter about feelings and stumbling through the art of parenting with my husband, Todd (and 15 year old cat). We love exploring the greater Grand Rapids area as a family, and scoping out local joints that are kid-friendly. Our favorite things are being in nature, learning about this world through books and adventures, and spending time with great friends, family, and neighbors.