I find the most difficult part of therapy for a client can be walking into an office and telling a stranger the most intimate of details of their life. For this reason, I find it beneficial to give clients and perspective clients some background information about myself.

I grew up (mostly) in Minnesota. After graduating in 2006 from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota with a bachelor’s degree in social work, I moved to Boston, Massachusetts. I continued my education at Boston University School of Social Work, doing an intensive one-year program that included an internship with an intensive foster care program. Following completion of my master’s degree, I worked in Rhode Island for one year, doing indirect practice, assessing and referring children for services. During that time, I began working part time as a clinical therapist at an outpatient mental health clinic in Massachusetts. I quickly realized that this was the path I wanted my career to move in and transitioned into working at the clinic full time. Over the course of the next five years, I had the privilege of working with clients ages four to seventy, with a vast array of mental health and substance abuse issues.

In 2014 I made the decision to start a private practice in Cumberland, Rhode Island, and have committed to working part-time in this practice. I am married and a mother of two (ages 3 years and 9 months). I love spending time with my husband and children and thoroughly enjoy the time I get to spend at home with my family. I appreciate the balance I have found with working part-time and being home with my children.