Licensed Clinical Social Worker
I am an avid University of MI fan, GO BLUE!
I played tennis in college.
According to my tribe of friends and my son, I am a Jedi.
"Be willing to let go of who you think you're supposed to be and embrace who you are." -Brene' Brown
I can’t remember the exact moment when I knew my career path would include journeying with people toward more wholehearted living, but it was planted during my childhood, and I am grateful this seed has grown in me & I am honored that people allow me to journey with them toward healing. My clients teach me more about people, the world, and relationships than I could ever learn otherwise. I like to talk, but I work each day to still my voice, listen more, and take a deep breath. I enjoy hearing or telling a good story, reading a book I can’t put down, watching a funny or meaningful movie, preparing or eating a delicious meal, hunting for a great bargain, embracing new experiences, and spending time with those with whom I can be my authentic self. My #1 coping skill is to engage my creative energy. I like to express myself through undertaking home décor projects, creating gifts or cards, cooking, or hosting a gathering. (If I am stressed you will probably find I have rearranged my home décor or created a gift for a loved one).
I am originally from the west Michigan area, but moved to southern MI in 2014. The reality of this move has meant that I am able to work only one day a week given the distance. I am appreciative of the fact that I am able to utilize my professional skills and also spend quality time with my children. I am married to a supportive husband, we have two energetic and creative kids, as well as a loyal chocolate lab. I strive to practice wholehearted living through my lifestyle choices, by practicing and teaching yoga, integrating faith into my daily life, being a fitness/wellness coach, spending time outdoors-I love being on the water and taking walks. I enjoy traveling and hope life continues to allow for this in the years to come. Relationships are essential to who I am, and I strive to spend meaningful time with my family and friends. Blessings…
University of Michigan, Master of Social Work
Calvin College, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
I am a Clinical and Macro Licensed Master of Social Work (LMSW). I began my career at Bethany Christian Services as a bi-lingual caseworker in refugee foster care and next as a therapist, I then worked as a therapist at the Northwest Clinic of Pine Rest. I joined the practice at Developmental Enhancement in 2013, because of the richness of multi-disciplinary services offered. I enjoy working with parents, families, women, adolescents, groups, and children. Areas of practice include (but are not limited to), mood & anxiety disorders, anger & stress management, single/chronic/developmental trauma, abuse & neglect, grief & loss, as well as issues related to: behavior problems, adoption, attachment, self-esteem/worth, parenting, & interpersonal relationships struggles. Over the past 12 years I have received extensive training in both directive & non-directive play therapy methods. I am specialized in SandTray-World Play, having received training for the past 10 years. I am also certified in level 1 & level 2 of Eye Movement & Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR). Currently, I am working toward certification in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP). I have particular interest in supporting families to increase intersubjective experiences to heal & grow relationships. I strive to build upon strengths while focusing on emotional growth, believing that transformational change occurs when given the opportunity to discover the healing power in relationships, reflective experience, & dynamic play.