I am a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) and a certified life coach. I grew up in the Gainesville, FL area. In 1985, I graduated with an Early childhood education degree from the University of South Carolina. After living in many different states, and raising 4 kids, I went back to school graduating from Quincy University in Quincy, Illinois with my clinical and school counseling degree. I started my career working at an agency where I served as a school based counselor for 2 years. In 2011, I moved to Ames, Iowa where I worked in a large group private practice working with clients from all walks of life. In 2020 I decided I was ready to open my own private practice and here I am!
I enjoy working with college students, adults, teens, families and couples who present with a variety of issues such as adjustment disorders, transitional issues, depression, anxiety, OCD, grief, trauma, anger, ADHD, gender identity, personality disorders, parenting and relationship issues.
I utilize an eclectic, culturally sensitive approach in counseling using a variety of therapeutic modalities that are strength based to facilitate personal growth and empowerment. This includes, but is not limited to, CBT, EMDR, mindfulness and solution focused techniques. My approach is client centered, and practical in focus.
I am trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) . This is an evidence based treatment for trauma that is highly effective in changing the way a trauma is perceived. I am a certified life coach. I help clients identify where they want to be in their life’s journey, whether it be personal, professional, or relational, and help them gain clarity with their desired goals. I help to challenge the blockers that are getting in the way, and guide clients to take action and live the life they aspire to live. I am fluent in Spanish.