My education consists of a Masters in Social Work from Michigan State University and it has helped prepare me for this work in which I have been engaged for over 35 years. I began my career after completing a bachelor’s degree in Sociology at Calvin College, and then, receiving a Specialization in Gerontology from the University of Michigan. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Michigan and have been credentialed by the Academy of Certified Social Workers.
Applying my social work training has included working with women as they processed the emotional/relational dynamics during and after unexpected pregnancies. I have also been a school social worker collaborating with teachers, students (K-12) and parents to meet long-term academic and behavioral goals. And, I maintained a private counseling practice for over 10 years with the support of a therapeutic Labrador Retriever.
I have extensive experience working with clients suffering from anxiety and depression. This work has included a range of ages from children to teens, adults and the elderly. My interactions have been significantly enhanced by both professional experiences and life experiences within these various contexts.
I am motivated and intrigued by the unique qualities of each person; this truly fascinates me. Looking at and assessing a person’s style, motivations, thought processes and approach to building relationships resonates with my wiring and passion. Intrigued by the strengths of an individual, I am able to draw out these qualities and illuminate what is distinct and special in each. My appreciation for using evidenced based modalities continues to grow as I see effectiveness in addressing concerns while managing problematic symptoms. My aim and goal is to work collaboratively with clients to achieve individual and treatment goals.
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Here you will find a list of presentations I’ve done for schools, mental health organizations, churches, and other agencies.
It’s important to me to continue my education regarding topics that will keep me knowledgeable and trained in the areas that best serve you. Here you will find areas that I specialize in and continue to maintain a high level of expertise.
- Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
- Family Systems
- Play Therapy
I have chosen to be affiliated with these organizations because they provide research and trainings that are pertinent to my areas of expertise.
- National Association of Social Worker
- Academy of Certified Social Workers
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