Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
It is my honor to walk beside people during the more difficult times in their lives and help them make sense of their stories. As a trained outside voice, I am here to help you when you get stuck and disconnected. I believe that we are not meant to do this life alone — the more support we have, the stronger we are. When we get help, it lightens the load. My primary clinical interests are working with trauma, working with relationship problems and working with military families. I enjoy working with individuals, couples and families at all life stages, from the beginning during the prenatal years, to the end of life, by helping with caregiver support. I am interested in helping people heal trauma’s impact on physical, emotional, relational and spiritual wellbeing. Doing couple and family therapy using the Emotionally Focused Therapy model makes sense to me, because it aligns with both my spiritual and worldview. I have extensive advanced training in it. I am passionate about working to heal couple relationships. I understand that disconnection from a loved one can hurt deeply, especially when you don’t know how to get back into sync. I like helping couples heal after betrayal, to uncover the blocks that separate them and to help them understand how their past is affecting them currently. Working with military families is another strong area of my clinical focus. I have worked with the Wounded Warrior Project leading groups and supporting families to help reduce mental health issues that can be the result of being in the military. Aside from being a therapist/counselor, I have been married for 20 years and I understand the joys and complexities of a long-term marriage. I homeschool two of my three children, all teens, and help my husband with his business. I love spending time with my family. We swim together, we bike, hike, canoe and enjoy outdoor climbing together. I also love listening to podcasts. I grew up in Canada and I immigrated to the United States when I was 17. My style is to come alongside people during difficult moments, so that people don’t feel so alone. My clients have told me that I push them “just enough” to make changes while being gentle and feeling deeply understood by me. This is my foundation.
I continue to maintain the highest level of training in EFT because it is research based and it works.
EFIT Webinar by Dr. Sue Johnson - Dr. Sue Johnson is an author, clinical psychologist, researcher, professor, popular presenter and speaker and a leading innovator in the field of couple therapy and adult attachment. Sue is the primary developer of Emotionally Focused Couples and Family Therapy (EFT), which has demonstrated its effectiveness in over 30 years of peer-reviewed clinical research.
Master Class: Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy. Extending an attachment-based model to therapy with individuals. Lorrie Brubacher, M.ed. is the Founding Director of the Carolina Center for EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy). A certified trainer with the International Centre for Excellence in EFT (ICEEFT), she has been an individual, couple and family therapist since 1989.
Master class: 3 day EFT core concepts and conceptualizations, and training in working with complex blocks. George Faller, LMFT is an EFT trainer in New York and Connecticut, and is the author of various books including Sacred Stress.
Master Class: 3 day EFT Micro moves training with George Faller.
EFFT 3 day core class: Emotion Focused Family Therapy is rooted in a deep and unwavering belief in the healing power of families. The essence of EFFT is to afford caregivers a significant role in their loved one’s mental health and well-being. Adele Lafrance, PhD, is a Clinical Psychologist, research scientist and published author.
Working with and Experiencing Shame, An Experiential Workshop, Cindy Wander and Jim Thomas is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, EFT Therapist, and an AAMFT, Clinical Fellow as well as an ICEEFT EFT Supervisor and ICEEFT Certified International Trainer.
Core Skills with Dr. Kurt Wical, Ph.D., LMFT, Certified EFT Therapist, supervisor, and trainer and Jeff Hickey who is a certified EFT practitioner, supervisor and trainer.
Externship with Jeff Hickey Jeff Hickey who is certified as an EFT practitioner, supervisor and trainer by the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy. He provides trainings and introductory talks in the Chicago area and around the country.
Marital and Premarital
Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum
Support for caregivers
Trauma and PTSD
Video Game Addiction
Bethel University, MA in Counseling Psychology
University of Northwestern, BS emphasis on health