Like many in this beautiful state, I am a transplant. I moved to Tampa from Minnesota in 2015, in search of sunshine and heat! I am comfortable as a transplant because I grew up moving often (around the world), but I honestly feel at home here, probably because I am in good company. My Minnesotan husband has adapted well, as have our young adult sons and a multitude of dogs and cats (animal loving family). I enjoy spending time with my family and doing outdoor activities, such as gardening and running.
I feel like I was born a social worker. When I look back at my childhood and adolescence, I see that I was frequently drawn to those who needed extra support and friendship. My yearbook is littered with statements such as “thanks for listening” or “you’re a great listener.” I didn’t even realize what a gift it was for them to be heard! I pursued Social Work/Mental Health education because I wanted to understand how people think and behave so that I may better help others.
Education, Experience, and Approach
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Florida and a Qualified Supervisor for LCSW candidates. I am also certified as an Oncology Social Worker, meaning I have significant work experience with cancer patients. I graduated with my Masters from California State University, Sacramento, in 1992. Since then, I have been a licensed social worker in California and Minnesota (Mayo Clinic), before moving to Florida (Moffit Cancer Center). I have enjoyed variety in my career having worked with therapeutic foster families, emotionally challenged children/adolescents, crisis intervention and trauma, as well as geriatric care and medical problems. There is a common theme in humanity of struggles and the desire to overcome. I believe it is a privilege to be a part of someone’s journey to overcome challenges.
My approach is client-centered and solution-focused, utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Techniques as well as relevant psychology theories. I believe we are each unique, even with shared experiences, and therapy should be tailored to the needs of an individual. I approach therapy as a partnership, where we work together toward a goal. That goal can be reducing distress related to anxiety, depression, and grief or addressing difficult life decisions or general coping.