I have been working in the field of mental health for more than 30 years in many different settings, including inpatient psychiatric facilities, residential substance abuse treatment centers, intensive outpatient treatment programs, community mental health, and private practice. I have had the honor and the pleasure of witnessing many people fight hard to regain balance and control in their lives despite major obstacles. I have had the joy of seeing many people go from feeling weak and miserable to strong and productive.

Credentials:

Licensed Clinical Social Worker # C002075
Licensed Substance Abuse Specialist #367
Certified to practice Redecision Therapy
Trained to practice EMDR

Training:

Masters of Social Work from Michigan State University in 1981
Bachelor of Arts in Justin Morrill College with a major in Psychology from Michigan State University in 1974

Philosophy:

I believe that we all have value, worth, and dignity. We all have the capacity to think, experience our emotions, and solve problems. The goal of psycho-therapy is to empower individuals to use their resources well and to strengthen their sense of autonomy. The outcome of good psycho-therapy should be an improved capacity to engage in relationships, exercise creativity, and live joyfully.