While I enjoy a generalist practice for adults and adolescents, many of my clients are facing a marked change in the quality of life resulting from acute or chronic health concerns. Changes in health and health concerns can bring pressing questions about the loss of a prior sense of self and uncertainties about the future. Grappling with unknowns can rob us simultaneously of energy and rest. Some feel ungrounded by uncertainty and the lack of control.
I support my clients by helping them articulate their experience, cope with health anxiety and grief, and reclaim the richness of life available to them in the midst of uncertainty. I am honored to be a part of clients’ courageous, hope-filled work. Often, evidenced-based interventions make a big difference by providing rest and peace-of-mind.
My other clinical interests include treating diverse types of anxiety and depression, which often arise from life transitions, losses, or searching to be authentically known and accepted. I continue to use my well-honed skills in treating substance abuse and dependence, first developed in a challenging corrections setting at the beginning of my clinical career. I hold a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Wisconsin Madison.