I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Bowling Green State University, Ohio, in 1987, followed by a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Denver, Colorado, in 1991, and became licensed in 1993. I have been trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Therapy since 2012, with more recent specialized training in addressing cultural adversity and trauma. Additionally, I offer expertise in treatment for juveniles and adults who are impacted by Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities and/or Autism Spectrum Disorders. Currently, I am the co-owner of Collaborative Services for Change, an outpatient mental health treatment agency.
Prior to my private practice, I have worked in a variety of settings, including: residential; day treatment and outpatient treatment agencies for youth; various county child welfare systems with specific focus on childhood sexual abuse and foster-adoptive care; victim compensation services; and the criminal justice system.
My training and theoretical framework has been built around Family Systems Therapy, Attachment Theory, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Internal Family Systems Therapy, and Solution-Based Therapy, in addition to providing Trauma-informed Modalities, inclusive of recent findings in the field of neuroscience, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Therapy, and Mindfulness.