I have been a social worker for 26 years and a psychotherapist for the last 5 years. I have practiced my whole career in Iowa and have been fortunate to work with diverse populations practicing primarily in the Storm Lake, Iowa area. I finished my course work for my Ph.D. in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and will be starting work on my dissertation in the fall of 2020.
I have 4 years of intensive training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from The Institute for Clinical Social Work in Chicago, Il. I am trained in other modalities of therapy including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Seeking Safety, and Motivational Interviewing (MI). I also incorporate mindfulness, nutrition, spirituality, and exercise into my treatment approach. I view people have whole beings, who must be treated as such. My psychoanalytic perspective means that I am very interested in early life and how it is impacting current relationships and daily functioning. I believe that the insights gained by the individual are much more powerful than those given by another.
I offer psychotherapy for the treatment of trauma, anxiety, depression, stress, PTSD, and personality disorders. I am highly skilled in the treatment of personality disorders both for those diagnosed and for family members navigating how to best support their loved ones. My psychoanalytic perspective allows me to understand past patterns in relationships and how those patterns affect the now.
That version of normal lays the groundwork for how we cope, live, and love. The normal of childhood does not have to define us though when those ways of living are unhealthy and prevent us from growing.
What I focus on in therapy is developing an understanding of the past, look at how it impacts the present, and then on making mindful choices about the future. I heavily consider the defensive processes we all use to protect ourselves from psychic threats. Psychic defenses are not the same as acting defensively! Defenses are developed by every person and are unconsciously deployed when a threat to psychic stability is perceived.
You will receive guidance from me and I will share insights with you as I see patterns in behavior, however, I believe that self gained insights are significantly more powerful for change than anything I could point out to you in session.