“Life’s a garden, dig it.” ~ Joe Dirt
When it comes to starting therapy, I like to meet an individual for who and where they are. I want to learn about them and their ideas, hopes, failures and many different thoughts. Together we can start to uncover where there is uneasiness and slowly make changes where they are needed. We can also uncover and build upon the strengths you are aware and unaware of inside of you.
In the U.P. of Michigan I started working in a treatment center group home for children with emotional, neglectful, and behavioral concerns. I learned how to help children cope with things they cannot change and teach them to strengthen the things they can. From there I transitioned to a residential youth drug rehab facility. There I was able to walk alongside children who struggled to find purpose and help them get involved in different things and create healthy hobbies and habits. I have also worked with children with developmental delays in the foster care system in a residential setting, learning how to be patient and consistent when interacting with them. And for the past 2 years I have worked for Community Mental Health, where I have completed intake assessments, suicide screenings, and crisis work.
BSW from NMU
MSW from WMU
I am a person of faith and am open to bringing faith and Christianity into session. If that is something you are open to exploring or would like to be incorporated into session, please do not hesitate to bring it up.