In my 25 years of experience as a psychotherapist working with individuals, couples, and families, I have developed an approach that includes gentle yet directive guidance and I believe in developing a collaborative relationship with my clients. Tailoring your therapy to your specific needs and goals, I offer brief therapy as well as long-term treatment. Many of my clients return to see me for counseling at different stages of their lives for support, problem-solving, or help with challenging times.
Possessing a special interest in the treatment of mental health issues in women during their childbearing years, I am an advocate for identifying and treating women with pregnancy or postpartum depression/anxiety. I also offer couples therapy for help in dealing with the oftentimes challenging transition to parenthood and other life stressors that can affect a marriage or partnership throughout the years.
Areas of interest and specialization include:
- Pregnancy & Postpartum Depression/Anxiety
- Miscarriage, stillbirth, infant loss
- Couples/relationship issues
- Anxiety Disorders
- Cancer patients and their families
- Grief and Loss
I am licensed as a clinical social worker and a marriage and family therapist in the state of Wisconsin. I earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Northern Michigan University and a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Ball State University.
Two years of a postgraduate training in Marriage and Family Therapy at the Family Therapy Training Institute in Milwaukee, Wisconsin led to my status as a Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) since 1989. I have completed the Certificate Training at Postpartum Support International (PSI) and I am certified as a Gottman Educator for the Bringing Baby Home program.
My passion for expanding resources for women suffering from Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders inspired me to assist in establishing the Beyond the Baby Blues Support Group (now named “Adjusting to Motherhood”) at the Columbia Center Birth Hospital in Mequon, Wisconsin. I also provide consultation to health care professionals and I have presented at local medical clinics and hospitals on the topic of Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders.