I am a graduate of Carleton College (BA, American Studies) and Washington University (MSW). Working as a Special School District social worker taught me to think on my feet, speak directly, act quickly if needed, and pivot when necessary. In 2013, I started my practice and became a registered play therapist in 2017. I am a longstanding member of both the National Association of Social Workers and the Association for Play Therapy and abide by their professional codes of ethics and best practices. My favorite part of my work is witnessing the bravery of children and families as they think, feel, and strive to make changes, large and small. Every day I see that therapy works and clinical social workers help people solve problems.
Creating a safe space of comfort and connection is what drives me as a social worker. For 25 years, I’ve provided such a supportive space for children, teens, and families. Today, I work to build rapport quickly by creating a warm space for clients to feel heard and to explore coping skills. I partner with my clients (and their parents) to help identify areas of focus for treatment. I strive to help clients strengthen their skills and confidence to live a healthier life.
After obtaining both my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in social work, I began my career in school social work and helping children with disabilities. I learned that students and parents benefitted largely from a collaborative relationship. I gained a solid knowledge about the various ways children struggle and learn at school as well as ways to better support them.
I then worked in the field of adoption, helping those unable to raise their babies and those interested in adopting. In this role, I supported clients on some of their best and worst days. I learned the importance of truly listening without judgment or agenda.
I am a mother of two teens, who are my best teachers in parenting. I grow and learn right alongside them. Parenting has its ups and downs and raising your hand for help along the way takes courage.