Credentials: MA, LMFT, MPH
I have personally learned significant life lessons because of my own journey through years of infertility, experiencing pregnancy loss, adjusting to motherhood, and experiences of postpartum depression/anxiety. As my life evolved and it was clear that my kids were growing up, I looked in the mirror and realized that I had lost a part of me and wanted to get to a place where I could find personal fulfillment beyond motherhood. Because of these life challenges, I went back to school and specialized in the area of maternal and reproductive mental health. I want to help women feel better, recognize their strengths and find ways to achieve their goals in who they want to become.
I also know that being married or in a committed relationship can be hard! Adjusting to each other, becoming parents, getting through school and embarking on a career can place stress on any relationship. It takes a lot to remain committed, strong and intimately connected in your relationship, especially when you have bills to pay, children to take care of, mounting responsibilities at work and at home, and feeling more and more disconnected and detached from your partner. I understand these relational difficulties and want to help you find ways to better communicate your needs with each other and rebuild your relationship to be better than ever!
Utilizing my education, training and own life experience has proven to be some of the most effective tools and resources in providing my clients with empathy and compassion, a deeper understanding and insight into problems, and much needed emotional support that can result in a great sense of hope and healing. Seeing lives change is the greatest and most satisfying aspect of what I do.
It is my hope that you will allow me the opportunity to walk with you through your journey, whether it be exploring your past, coping with your present, or planning for your future. I am here as a guide to help you navigate your personal path to fulfilling your dreams and potential. I look forward to walking with you through this journey called ‘LIFE.’
In our therapy together, I use a multi-disciplinary, collaborative approach in working with my clients. The therapeutic approaches used in therapy include: Family/Systems Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Emotionally Focused (EFT), Person Centered Therapy (PCT), and Structural techniques. I also incorporate attachment theory, motivational interviewing, and positive psychology when treating individuals, couples, and families.
Education & Training
I graduated with honors from Indiana Wesleyan University, receiving my Master of Arts (MA) degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. I also have a Masters degree in Public Health (MPH) from the University of Hawaii and was nominated into the National Honorary Society of Public Health. I received my Bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University in Family Science, with a minor in Psychology.
In my graduate and post-graduate work, I received specialized training in postpartum depression/anxiety and became certified in perinatal mood disorders. In addition, I have received post-graduate specialty training in infertility counseling, an externship in Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), as well as completing a certification course on “Making Marriages Work” and Levels 1 & 2 of the Gottman Method, taught by founders John & Julie Gottman. Finally, I have taken professional development training in grief and loss, infidelity, mindfulness, ADHD, and addictions.
I am a licensed in Marriage and Family Therapist and an active member of the Indiana Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (IAMFT) as well as a Clinical Fellow of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT). In addition, I am a member of Postpartum Support International (PSI) and a state coordinator in Indiana. I am actively involved with the Indiana Maternal Mental Health Coalition and a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM).
In my free time, I enjoy learning/continuing education, teaching, traveling, camping, going to the beach, reading, listening to music, and walking. I love spending time with family and friends, as well as supporting my children in their various school activities. I am very active in my faith and enjoy serving in the community.