Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor
I approach counseling from a strengths-based, humanistic and relational-cultural perspective and have worked with programs that utilize motivational interviewing, trauma informed care and harm reduction approaches. I also have experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds, and have found this work to be energizing and meaningful. I entered the helping professions in 2002 when I began working with youth experiencing homelessness and conflict within the home, and their families. During this time I obtained my BA from Metropolitan State University in 2005 in their Individualized Degree Program, with concentration in Social Work, Psychology and Human Services. My work with runaway and homeless youth continued until 2011 when I returned to Metropolitan State University to study addiction counseling. My experience as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) has included facilitating the Helping Men Recover curriculum in an outpatient setting, providing drug and alcohol counseling in a residential program for youth who have experienced sex trafficking and through a community-based mental health program as a high school based LADC. One of my driving passions has been establishing a local alternative sober support group, Save Our Selves (SOS), in the Twin Cities and helping clients explore approaches to maintaining recovery that are individualized.
I believe some of the many possible components to successful recovery are facilitating supportive, meaningful connections between individuals, establishing a new sense of self in recovery and finding humor in everyday situations. I strive to integrate these beliefs in my work with clients and work passionately to help clients heal.