Welcome! Thank you for taking the time to learn a bit about me and the work I do. I'm a licensed mental health counselor who provides services to adolescents, adults, couples and families in Ankeny, Iowa and the surrounding communities. My path to becoming a professional counselor started over 20 years ago, at LeBaron Hall on the campus of Iowa State University, where as an undergraduate student I took my first course in human development and family studies.
That initial spark of curiosity connected to learning about changes and challenges experienced across the lifespan turned into a passion for helping others live more engaged, authentic and fulfilling lives. Eventually, my years of applying the human development and family systems knowledge acquired at Iowa State with various non-profit organizations led me to continue my education and training at Drake University, where I completed my degree in mental health counseling.
The therapy experience provides a setting where individuals and families can explore their hopes, desires and fears and tap into new understanding to create meaningful change in their lives. I strive to provide an environment that is free of shaming, guilt or judgment. A space where my clients can explore and express themselves safely and fully. My approach is focused on providing empathy and understanding, identifying and magnifying existing strengths, and helping my clients generate and implement their own unique solutions to challenges they face in their lives, one small step at a time.