I grew up in the Midwest, and will always love "bars" instead of cookies, canned bean salad, and football saturdays, despite living in the bay area for more than 30 years, I remain close to my midwestern values of integrity, hard work and sunday dinners.
As a family therapist, I also work with families who have teens and young adults transitioning out of wilderness therapy or therapeutic boarding school, and returning back home. I also work with families who are struggling to keep their teen or young adult safe at home due to acting out, school refusal, crippling anxiety, depression or eating disorders. If current strategies aren't working, I am happy to share my professional and personal experience with you.
Much of my work with families is focused on helping parents set limits with their children, and more importantly, hold those limits when things get a little complicated or when the honeymoon of being together ends.
As an individual therapist, I enjoy working with adults, particularly mothers, who are overwhelmed, at their wit's end, or simply need to process their week. I also enjoy working with adults, teens and adolescents experiencing anxiety, depression, attention issues, or have a history of abuse or trauma.
My past experience includes working as a school counselor with elementary and middle school students, working with low-income single mothers with trauma and abuse histories, as well as working with families experiencing divorce, separation, incarceration, financial stress or co-parenting conflict.
I've been married for nearly 30 years, and have three almost-grown children--25 is the new 18. Over the years, I've attended more than my share of soccer games, piano recitals, IEP's and traffic court appearances. my kids also have attended private and public school, and I can speak to the benefits of each.