My passion in life is to help people and as a psychologist, my goal is to provide effective, collaborative and holistic therapy that results in transformation, growth and healing. My primary treatment modality is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT is useful for the treatment of a wide array of mental health issues or to simply manage stressful life situations. It is a collaborative approach where I am able to work with clients to teach them the skills to manage their thoughts and behavior. This is turn helps clients to manage their mood and improve their health and wellness. I genuinely believe the therapeutic relationship is key to effective treatment. It is always a priority to create a safe and trusting relationship with each client where they feel there is a shared ownership in their treatment outcomes.
Every client will know that I care as much about their therapy journey as they do. Every treatment plan is tailored to fit the needs of each client. I integrate various therapeutic approaches such as emotion-focused therapy, client-centered therapy, and mindfulness-centered therapies to customize each client’s treatment.
Clinical Areas of Interest
My experience ranges from pediatric age clients to geriatric populations. I have approximately seven years of formal clinical experience and over ten years of experience in the field of psychology. I work with a wide array of clinical disorders and enjoy working with individuals of all ages, families, and couples to address relationship issues, parenting concerns, behavioral issues, stress and/or anger management, existential issues, adjustment disorders, anxiety and depression symptoms. Anxiety, depression, and stress management are also areas of interest.
I am a Licensed Psychologist and Health Service Provider in the state of Iowa. I received my Bachelor’s of Arts degree in psychology from Grand View University in Des Moines and a Masters of Arts and Doctorate degree from the Illinois Professional School of Psychology in Clinical Psychology. I completed my internship at the American Psychological Association’s accredited pre-doctoral internship Knoxville and Des Moines VA Hospitals and my doctoral fellowship at the Poweshiek County Mental Health Center in Grinnell, Iowa. I also completed training in a therapeutic day school in Illinois and also in a substance abuse treatment center under a neuropsychologist in Illinois. In Des Moines, I worked at a substance abuse agency facilitating individual and group therapy and managed the problem gambling treatment center portion of the center. After becoming licensed as a psychologist, I joined a group practice in Urbandale providing individual therapy and testing for all ages. My experience also includes teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses in psychology. After staying home for a period of time with our four little ones, I am looking forward to being back in practice again.
I love spending time with my husband and our four children who keep us busy with extracurricular activities. As a family, we like traveling, sports, movies, music, bike rides, playing with our Golden Retriever, and visiting friends and family. I enjoy reading, playing volleyball, home improvement projects and entertaining.
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