I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Edgewood College in Madison, WI in 1994. Shortly after graduating I accepted a position with the State of Nebraska as a Child Protective Services Social Worker. After the birth of my first son, I decided to change career paths slightly and open a large child care center. I, with the help of 23 staff members, provided loving, high quality education and care to 84 children between the ages of 6 weeks and 12 years. I had the honor of being in the lives of hundreds of children and families for over 18 years.
Once my own children were grown, I decided to change career paths slightly again. In 2013, I graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling from Lakeland College in Madison, WI. I have found that even though the job descriptions of my careers have changed throughout the years, my love for working with children and families has stayed the same. I truly consider it a privilege to be able to provide continued quality care to those I work with no matter the environment or situation.
As a mental health counselor, I enjoy working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. My promise to you is to listen with an open heart and mind, provide compassion focused/high quality care, and assist you in finding a way through your situation or experience. I consider myself an eclectic and compassion focused therapist. We will work together in partnership to find what tools and approaches work best for you in a caring and compassionate way.
When I am not at my office, I enjoy spending time with my family. I have three amazing children. Alex, my oldest, is a Hospice Registered Nurse. Zachary is in college working on several degrees in Computer Science after serving our country as a United States Marine, and Nicole is a Pediatric Registered Nurse. I have two fabulous daughter-in-laws, and my very first grandson. My husband, Chris, is a wonderful man that enjoys fishing, camping, boating, snowmobiling, and watching sports with me. We also have a very spoiled American Bulldog, Brandi, who is always a joy to take on walks and play with in the yard.
I look forward to hearing your story and getting to know you better!