I hope to make a little connection with each person that comes into my office or classroom. The thrill of witnessing change and healing in a family or individual is what keeps me going with complicated cases. Growing up I lived in Kearney, NE and moved to the Chicago area for about 10 years. Since 1997 I’ve been in Omaha enjoying the best of both worlds, the big city benefits with a small town sense of community. In my spare time I covet fresh air, nature, gardening, especially hybrid irises and walking our beloved cocker spaniel, Lucy. I’m intrigued with people and all of their differences. The reason I wanted to be a therapist is to understand the mystery and beauty of relationships. To me, therapy is like putting together a puzzle. I strive to help individuals, couples and families put together the little pieces of their history, personalities and core beliefs so they can create meaningful relationships.
There are literally 500 different ways to conduct mental health therapy and I am a big believer in therapist shopping, so I’m glad you are here. Some people respond well to having an empathetic ear, some people want a therapist who will confront them on their poor choices. I believe therapy is collaborative, in that we work it out together about what will be the most helpful to you. Research has shown that the techniques are much less important than the qualities of the therapist. Honest, sincere, empathetic, non-judgmental; my goal is to portray all these traits as a therapist. I also believe in authenticity so… if you meet me and you know we are not a “good fit”, tell me and I’ll be honored to help you find someone new. I look forward to meeting you and working together for hope, healing and a “new normal”.
Since 1988, I have helped families impacted by sexual abuse, children who have been abused, youth with problematic sexual behaviors and adults who were sexually abused in childhood.