About Me

For over twenty-five years, I have been fortunate enough to be invited into others' private thoughts and worries, and then to witness relief, healing, and transformation as we work towards meaningful, positive life changes.

I see adults and teenagers for anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, and other adjustment struggles. I see individuals and couples working to overcome difficulties, either within themselves or in their circumstances.
I specialize in:

Treating depression and anxiety symptoms that interfere with daily functioning, health, or relationships

Relationship transitions (this can be tough even when you want the change, and especially when you don’t!)

Trauma resolution

Reproductive health concerns (infertility, pregnancy loss, infant loss, adoption, unplanned pregnancy, donor reproduction, postpartum and parenting adjustments)
(See the Fertile Ground page for more about reproductive concerns)

Adaptations to life circumstances

Improving self-esteem and self-confidence

Mind/body stress reduction with or without adjunct medication 

Like other psychotherapists, I have my toolbox: I may use cognitive-behavioral therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy, solution-focused brief therapy, a strengths approach, education, and/or mind/body stress reduction methodologies including acceptance and commitment therapy, EMDR, EFT, mindfulness, guided imagery and hypnosis. I provide therapeutic services in keeping with strength-based, evidence-based, best practice standards. Phew! That is a LOT of psychobabble! Luckily for you, though, my style is pretty informal, and clients often say their time with me resembles a supportive or thought-provoking conversation with a trusted friend, as likely to be punctuated with laughter as with tears.


Your relationship with your therapist is critical to your progress and ultimate success in therapy. The quality of the alliance between a therapist and client has been shown to be the strongest predictor of success in dozens of studies (Luborsky, 1994; McCoy Lynch, 2012 among others). Together we explore the changes you hope to make in your life, brainstorm ways to eliminate the barriers that stand in your way, and make and implement plans that allow you to make changes that will lead you into a more satisfying life. You need someone you can trust. I invite you to come in and meet me to see if you feel good about collaborating with me on your journey.

Like other psychotherapists, I have my toolbox: I may use cognitive-behavioral therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy, solution-focused brief therapy, a strengths approach, education, and/or mind/body stress reduction methodologies including acceptance and commitment therapy, EMDR, EFT, mindfulness, guided imagery and hypnosis. I provide therapeutic services in keeping with strength-based, evidence-based, best practice standards. Phew! That is a LOT of psychobabble! Luckily for you, though, my style is pretty informal, and clients often say their time with me resembles a supportive or thought-provoking conversation with a trusted friend, as likely to be punctuated with laughter as with tears.

 Some background/education/credentials:

-Psychotherapist for 25+ years (rural and urban outpatient mental health, in group practices and currently in private practice)

-Master of Science in Social Work-University of Wisconsin-Madison

-Professional Associations- National Association of Social Workers, Association of Certified Social Workers, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Business & Professional Women, Resolve (Wisconsin Mental Health Professional and support group facilitator)

Post-graduate training in the following clinical areas:

EMDR (to reduce symptoms of PTSD and other trauma)
EFT (emotional freedom technique)
Mindfulness
Hypnosis
Conflict resolution
Mediation
Couples therapy
Mind/body stress reduction
Anxiety/depression symptom reduction without medication
Psychopharmacology
Recovering from the loss of a significant relationship

Post-graduate training in treating anxiety/depression/stress in clients experiencing these life difficulties:

Trauma
Sexual abuse
Rebuilding following divorce/breakups
Relationship conflicts
Parenting
Workplace difficulties
Self-esteem
Eating disorders
Emotional regulation
Eliminating habits
Chronic pain
Sexual identity concerns
Grief/loss
PTSD
Obsessive-compulsive disorder
Couples communication
Family-building struggles: infertility (male and female factor infertility, third party ART including surrogacy), pregnancy and infant loss, post-partum depression, adoption (domestic and international), unplanned pregnancy

As my sufferings mounted I soon realized that there were two ways in which I could respond to my situation—either to react with bitterness or to seek to transform the suffering into a creative force. I decided to follow the latter course.
--MLK, Jr.