I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and received my training at Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, MN. My family and I moved back home to the St. Paul area after being in MIchigan for the past ten years. Although Michigan was the perfect place to start our family of four, I was born in MInnesota and much of my family is here. With that said, we are pretty excited to finally be close to grandparents and – we’re already loving it here! Even though my degree is “Marriage and Family,” that doesn’t mean those are the only clients I see. I see plenty of individual clients as well. In the past ten years, I have been gifted with clinical experience in a variety of settings, in-home, office, churches, jail and prison. I have worked with individuals (young children all the way through the elderly), couples, families and also groups.
It is very important to me that in my practice I am free to go to people, to meet them where they are at not only spiritually and emotionally, but also geographically – and will do so within the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. I have found that for many individuals and families, there simply are too many barriers present for them to make it to an office for therapy. For many others, engaging in mental health treatment in the comfort of your own living room is particularly appealing and convenient. For these reasons, I have chosen to primarily travel to my clients’ homes for therapy. I have had sessions in coffee shops, lawn chairs outside, on a walk, along the beach, or in a pasture with horses. With horses you ask? Yes, with horses! I am certified to provide EAGALA (Equine Growth and Learning Association) Model Equine Assisted Counseling. This is a collaborative effort between a licensed therapist and a horse professional working with the clients and horses to address treatment goals. It is highly effective, and appropriate for all ages, individuals, families and groups who present with a wide variety of challenges in life. So yes, I will even see my clients at a ranch! On a side note, there is no riding, and no experience with horses is necessary – you don’t even have to like them! They are so good at their job, and are some of my favorite co-therapists! For those desiring a more traditional setting, I do see clients in an office as well.
Other interesting facts about me: I’m also a photographer, and sometimes bring the creative art of photography into the work I do with my clients…I’m a crazy mad Boxer (the dog) lover…I love the quiet of the country, ideally a farm…I cut my own hair….I love repurposing…I love spending time with my family.
For more information on the EAGALA model, visit this link to a radio interview with the Co-Founder and Executive Director of EAGALA. Lynn Thomas provides an excellent overview of what Equine Assisted Psychotherapy looks like.
“Coming together is the beginning. Keeping together is progress.
Working together is success.”