I have been working in the mental health field since 2009. I received my bachelor’s degree in Vocational Rehabilitation December 2012. I worked in adult family home working with persons’ with disabilities such as traumatic brain injuries, autism, personality disorders, and cognitive delays. At the group home I would assist in managing problem behaviors, giving direct care support and developing skills with the clients to help them live as independently as possible in the community. During those years I had internship positions. First was through Stepping Stones and the second at the Dunn County Veteran’s Office. These experiences have given me the opportunity to learn from several different populations.
While in graduate school I worked at Northwest Connections crisis line doing mental health/suicide risk assessments. I worked in collaboration with the client, law enforcement, hospitals, and families of those in crisis to determine the least restrictive environment to keep the individual safe. In addition to making the Chapter 51.15 approvals we provided outreach and support for clients over the phone. I started my internship with Kayres Counseling in January of 2014. In December 2014 I graduated with my Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in AODA.
After graduation I was hired on as a counselor here at Kayres. The primary counseling theory I like to use is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy but I include other theories and techniques as they fit for each individual client such as play therapy and mindfulness. I work with very young children up to adults with a variety of life struggles. I believe what every client needs is different and I am ready to meet you where you are at.