When human beings experience trauma or severe life stressors, it is not uncommon for their lives to unravel and functioning to become challenging in many ways. My passion is bringing healing and hope to children, adolescents and families who have survived a traumatic or stressful experience. I enjoy helping them find a more positive, healthier perception of themselves while strengthening their resources, relationships and own unique qualities so they are able to know themselves as peaceful, whole and safe.
I understand each human is an individual and processes their own unique way. As both an EMDR therapist and a play therapist, I incorporate a unique blend of sensory, play, music, somatic work and movement into EMDR as necessary to benefit each individual client’s needs and processing ability.
My educational background includes a MA in Child Development and Abnormal Psychology and a MSW in Social Work/Therapy Tract from University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA. In 2008 I was honored to receive a Certificate of Recognition of the Governor of Iowa for Exemplary Service to the State of Iowa and in 2017, I again was blessed to receive Oregon’s Children’s Champion Award.