I received my Master’s Degree in Social Work from the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), have received a specialty training certificate in Trauma Counseling from UW-M School of Continuing Education and am a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS) through the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals Foundation. I am also a member of the following organizations: National Association of Social Workers (NASW), National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD), and International Association of Eating Disorder Practitioners (IAEDP).
Since 2004, I have worked in both residential and outpatient behavioral health settings providing individual, group and family therapy. I have formerly been affiliated with Rogers Memorial Hospital’s Eating Disorder Center.
I work with adolescents (13 and above) and adults of all ages. Along with my clinical areas of expertise in eating disorders and trauma, I have experience treating depression, generalized anxiety, low self-esteem/self-worth, grief and loss, substance abuse (as a secondary diagnosis), change and adjustment issues, and assertiveness skills. I also provide parent and/or family education and coaching for those who have a loved one in treatment and/or is in early recovery.
I utilize components from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and motivational interviewing models. With trauma issues, I use the evidenced-based model of prolonged exposure therapy (PE). My style is empathic yet directive. Building trust and rapport with patients is a key essential element to my approach. I also believe developing and using a support system along with implementing healthy coping skills are needed tools when working with any type of issue in therapy.
In the last few years I have applied my clinical skill and passion toward utilization review, the process of collaborating with patients’ insurance companies to get treatment days approved. Describing the medical necessity of treatment to payers is a challenge and can be incredibly rewarding when we are all able to see the results of treatment.