I believe that play and creativity have everything to do with the deepest levels of healing, growth and personal transformation. Through play children are able to explore and make sense of their inner and outer worlds.
Often times children experience emotional upset, behavioral challenges, anxiety, issues with self-regulation, and more, because they are striving to be understood, heard, and attuned to. Children can’t always communicate their feelings and experiences using words, but they can do it through play! In allowing them to communicate this way, the child is better able to work through the issues they are having and find resolution, problem-solve, communicate effectively, and feel more regulated. I believe that therapy should be playful, fun, and engaging for everyone!
I grew up in the Twin Cities and moved back in 2016 after being away for 8 years. In my free time I enjoy any activity that gets me near the water! When I’m not working with clients I can be found paddle boarding, practicing yoga, drinking a good cup of coffee and reading!
In addition to working with children I also see adolescents, young adults and families. Relationships are the agent of change in therapy. I work to foster a therapeutic relationship with adolescents as well as support them in nurturing their relationship with themselves, their families and peers. I believe that everyone has a propensity towards healing and given the space can achieve it.
Bachelors’s Degree – University of Hawai’i Hilo, Hilo HI
Master’s Degree – University of Utah College of Social Work, Salt Lake City UT
Current Licensure - Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW)
Caren J Frost Award for Promise in Women’s Health