Thank you for viewing my introduction page. Here, you’ll find a little information about me, because I believe it is vital for you to decide who to work with as you are the expert on you. Most importantly, I live by the assumption: Everyone is doing the best they can, (with the skills and knowledge they have.) As far as I’m concerned, anyone who is seeking a therapist, is already using skills because they’re taking the first step to making necessary changes to live the best life they can.
I am originally from Norfolk, NE and moved to Lincoln in 2008 to attend college. I graduated with a Master of Arts in Counseling from Doane University in 2016. I have been working primarily with the criminal justice population for the past three years. I have been with Parallels, working evenings, since June 2019. I live in the country with my husband, adorable dog (yes, I’m a dog mom), my two feisty cats, six chickens, and 28 goats. I pride myself on maintaining a consistent exercise regime as my primary method for self-care. I consider myself a life-long learner and will always jump at any opportunity to add to my toolbox of therapy tools or personal development. I believe we can always grow, learn, and be more effective by using our strengths to build our skills.
As a provider, I am enthusiastic to work with a wide variety of client dynamics, mental health diagnoses, and life aspects. I am open to working with the court system and criminal justice population, as well as, corrections employees as I have been in the trenches of corrections for the past five years. I am also interested in working with people who identify as men or women, families, couples, adolescents/teens, and children. I view my role as a therapist as a guide, because I believe true change is voluntary and never pressured. As a guide, I can show the way or offer information, and you get to make that choice for your own path.
I have experience working with cognitive behavior therapy, and the close in theoretical disposition, dialectical behavior therapy. I primarily believe our thoughts influence our emotions and behaviors, yet, our physical health does play a part in how we can manage our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. I truly believe in the beneficial elements of mindfulness and paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally. I am always looking for opportunities to add to my toolbox and as I expand my clientele, I will seek education and knowledge as inspired. As I continue to add to my toolbox by learning, serving, and exploring the vast world of mental health, I hope to continue to provide more and more effective care to my clients.
I am looking forward to working with you and thank you for taking this first step to living the best life you can.