The intake session usually takes around 45 minutes to an hour, learning more about you as it relates to what you’re wanting to work on in therapy. I usually have clients take the lead and informally share more about themselves. I may ask a few questions for clarification, however my questions are pretty minimal when it comes to learning more about you. That being said, it is the first session and oftentimes clients like to know more about the process of therapy (e.g., duration, confidentiality, etc.) and I’ll review and answer any questions you may have on what to expect during your intake session. In general, the intake session is more information gathering than proceeding sessions.
I typically determine goals with clients throughout the process of therapy and adjust these with clients as needed/appropriate with clients.
I went into this field as I found out I genuinely enjoy helping others navigate their way through life, whether it’s through more difficult times, unfamiliar times, or even sometimes happier times. I became a therapist because I have worked through my own battles in life. I was inspired to be a therapist as I had a therapist that never gave up on me and taught me the power of resiliency, courage, bravery, and being vulnerable, amidst even our darker times. I’m passionate about self-discovery, exploration and healing and hope to pass this on to clients I serve.
Depression often causes people to feel sad, empty, or hopeless, and can cause a lack of interest in life. It can also affect a person's thinking patterns and physical health.
Anxiety can mean nervousness, worry, or self-doubt. Anxiety disorder is a mental health disorder that entails excessive, repeated bouts of worry, anxiety, and/or fear.
Regular involvement with a substance or activity in a compulsive, hard to control way that often has harmful consequences. Often refers to substance use, but can include compulsive behaviors such as sex, gambling, or shopping.
Trauma is the result of experiencing a perceived, extremely distressful event. Although the stress threshold for each person differs, meaning that each person considers and experiences trauma differently, it is an event that tops one’s threshold. It exceeds one’s ability to cope or emotionally process. Symptoms may include shock, anxiety, confusion, hopelessness, feeling disconnected, mood swings, nightmares, and intrusive thoughts.
Provides family therapy/counseling
Refers relationship issues with a partner or spouse. Can include issues related to relationship distress, relationship satisfaction, communication, intimacy, etc.
Self-esteem is the degree to which a person feels confident, valuable, and worthy of respect. Feeling low self-esteem can influence overall well-being and be linked to anxiety and/or depression.
Adolescent mental health
Adolescent mental health focuses on adolescent-specific experiences including physical and cognitive development, social and environmental factors, sex, sexual identification and orientation, emotional processing, and substance use. Given the influence that parents/guardians have on adolescents, home life is a particularly important consideration.
Caregiver stress & support
Caring for a friend or family member (paid or unpaid) includes emotional support, housework, help with finances, medication management, and shopping. Can be stressful, making caregivers more vulnerable to things like anxiety, isolation, and fatigue.
Source of communication challenges in circumstances and relationships that can have a negative impact on mental health. Misunderstandings and misinterpretations often lead to arguments in personal, platonic, or professional relationships.
All Savers Insurance
Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare
Oxford Health Plans
United Medical Resources
Young Adults (18-24)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)
Family Systems Therapy
Prolonged Exposure Therapy
Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor
DBT Foundation Training
WI, LPC, 6809-125
Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, specialty in Alcohol and other drug abuse, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
I currently practice as a Licensed Professional Counselor and Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor and have experience in working with mild to severe substance use disorders and co-occurring disorders. I also have experience working with survivors of domestic violence, specializing in treating adults, parents, and families and providing mental health services to adults in outpatients, group, individual, and family therapies. I have also completed additional training in the following: Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Mental Health First Aid Training, 3-Day Intensive Training Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Psychological First Aid. I offer individual, couples, and family counseling, and group counseling. I went into this field as I found out I genuinely enjoy helping others navigate their way through life, whether it’s through more difficult times, unfamiliar times, or even sometimes happier times. I became a therapist because I have worked through my own battles in life. I was inspired to be a therapist as I had a therapist that never gave up on me and taught me the power of resiliency, courage, bravery, and being vulnerable, amidst even our darker times. I’m passionate about self-discovery, exploration and healing and hope to pass this on to clients I serve.
Remote Therapy, Fitchburg, 53711, WI