If you are new to therapy, you may have doubt or skepticism about how talking with someone can help, especially if some of your concerns are long-standing and unyielding. Depthful therapy, however, is much more than talking. A healing relationship allows your thoughts, feelings, and experiences to be heard, respected, and explored. It also provides a respite for self-reflection and exploration in ways you may not have ever experienced. In my experience, although alleviating symptoms found in the DSM may be a very important initial goal, it moves far down the list of what patients want out of psychotherapy and on which experienced therapists focus.
I have a deep respect for concerns and suffering you are bringing to therapy and hope to listen deeply and provide a safe-enough space for you to begin to transform patterns of your life that are impeding your ability to be compassionate with yourself, build depthful and connected relationships, work and play creatively, and lead a fulfilling, meaningful life. The pillars of my therapeutic approach also incorporate elements from feminist, queer, liberation, and anti-oppressive praxes and I strive for a practice that is LGBTQIA+-affirming, trans-inclusive, anti-oppressive, trauma-informed, and anti-racist. Moreover, I am sex, kink, fat- and all-ability positive. I have experience working in a variety of settings, including community mental health and medical clinics, inpatient hospitals, outpatient psychiatric clinics, residential/PHP/IOP programs for substance use and eating disorders, university counseling centers, and private practice. I currently work at the Marshfield Clinic as a clinical and health psychologist and am a faculty member in the adult post-doctoral fellowship program. I am also an instructor at the Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Professionally, I am the co-chair for the Division 39 Graduate Student Committee and am on the Early Career Committee of Divison 39. I also serve as a liaison for the Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Psychology ABPP specialty board. I enjoy working with adult individuals, couples, and families with concerns listed on the previous page, though this is not an exhaustive list. Please feel free to ask about my experience working with other concerns. I have a particular interest in working with folks who have had previous therapy experiences that have been unsuccessful or unhelpful. I also enjoy working with folks who have conditions that seem to be "resistant" to psychotropic/psychiatric medications and are looking for somewhere else to turn. If you are looking for something different, please reach out and we can talk about what therapy with me can look like and how we can work together to help you find some relief.