I am a native of North Dakota raised on a family farm right on the border of North Dakota and Montana.  I started working in the field of helping others when I was sixteen years old.  My first meaningful job was in a residential home helping adult individuals with severe developmental disabilities.   It was quite a learning experience at such a young age to say the least! 


I obtained my Bachelor's Degree in psychology from Moorhead State University.  Following my Master’s Degree, I remained at the community mental health center first completing my hours for my licensure and then I served in administrative and clinical supervision roles. I had strong clinical skills in addition to natural leadership skills.  After over 10 years with the community mental health center, I decided to go into private practice which has been an amazing experience.  


I have experience in dealing with a many diverse concerns.  I have helped individuals and families deal with the grief that can accompany a new diagnosis of a mental illness.  Throughout my career, I have worked with individuals suffering from severe trauma and worked with these individuals on learning to re-build their lives.  I also have extensive experience in working with personality disorders, mainly borderline personality disorder and antisocial personality disorder.   


My licensure includes Licensed Professional Counselor-Mental Health (LPC-MH) and Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP).  Both of these licenses are through the state of South Dakota.  I am also trained in EMDR.  




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