I believe that people have the best opportunities to thrive when they can sense that they’re part of a genuinely supportive community. In my approach to therapy, I prioritize building strong relationships and helping people develop the insight, communication skills, and self-confidence that will help them begin/continue to participate as members of vibrant communities throughout their lives. I also try to understand people through an intersectional lens. Our experiences in the world create our understanding, and I find value in thinking about how the systems, people, and environments around us shape the many layers of how we view ourselves, each other, and who we might become.
I strive to honor each person's individual, multifaceted nature, identify and highlight their unique strengths, and help them build the confidence to bring those strengths out into the world. I take a nonjudgmental and open-minded stance, and I acknowledge that I am not the "expert" on anyone else's lived experience or unique perspective, but I can do my best to understand and offer support and guidance when it’s wanted. Ideally, the therapeutic relationships I form are based on a foundation of genuine trust and respect, so that if/when I mess up or misstep, my client feels safe enough to let me know and is willing to let us walk alongside each other as fellow human beings, each learning and growing as we go!
I incorporate a variety of different influences and approaches into my therapy sessions, including movement, mindfulness, philosophy, culture, and humor. I am fascinated to learn about what each person finds meaningful and/or therapeutic, and I love looking for ways to weave those influences into the work we do together. I am a Somatic Experiencing practitioner-in-training, and I am eager to support people in discovering or coming back to their own inherent wisdom and intelligence.
I live in St. Paul with my partner and our cat, Marvin (but I’m really a dog person at heart). In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my loved ones, growing food and flowers, dancing, swimming, riding my bike, and dabbling in new hobbies.
Bachelor's Degree: US History & History of Science, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Master's Degree: St. Catherine University/University of St. Thomas
Current Licensure: LGSW (Licensed Graduate Social Worker)
RYT-200 (Registered Yoga Teacher)
Movement for Trauma Level 1 - Jane Clapp
Somatic Experiencing Therapy - Beginning level student
February 4, 2021: Embodied Ethics in Social Work Practice
January 14, 2016: Mid-Winter Musings (written while at Food Corps)
I work with individuals across the spectrum of age, race, ability, gender, and sexual orientation.