Starting from a young age through college I worked for Therapeutic Equine Facilities where I learned my passion for animals and working with others. This experience taught me the importance of the animal-human connection as well as the need for diverse therapeutic interventions. I went on to graduate from the University of Missouri with a B.S. in Animal Science and a Minor in psychology where I took my love for animals, behavior, psychology, and conservation into my first career path as a Zookeeper. After years in that role I again followed my interests of behavior and psychology by pursuing a Masters in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Wisconsin – Madison where I could bring my unique experiences to my role as a mental health counselor.
Prior to working at CTN I worked with children, teens, and adults through Journey Mental Health Center and Northstar Counseling Center where I gained experience in trauma informed care, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. I am passionate about caring for the whole person using empowerment based approaches and recognizing the importance of family dynamics.
In my free time I enjoy spending time outdoors connecting with nature, going to the zoo, traveling, and loving on my German Shepherd Dog Archie!