Personal Statement: As I work with children and their families, I strive to create a warm and inviting environment in which all of our parts are welcome. The part of you that is motivated; the part of you that is hurt; the part of you that is doing whatever it needs to do to keep you safe. I am most passionate about inviting the ‘inner child’ within each of us to “come out and play” in our work together, as this is a part of us that is not often valued or cherished in our society, but that holds significant truth and meaning. Through my work, I have realized my calling of nurturing and mending ‘old wounds’ that may have been forgotten about in everyday life but that are still ringing true in our hearts and in our beliefs about who we are as an individual, as a child, as a parent, as a co-worker. My hope is that clients are able to walk out of my office knowing that they are valued, cared for, and possess endless resources within themselves to be their most authentic, healthy self.
Fun facts about You: Live in Cedar Rapids with my husband, Ben. We both enjoy spending time outside, whether that’s biking, running, or going to the dog park. I am an avid reader who is always looking to gain new information to help in my professional career. I also enjoy reading as a tool for self-care.
Why did you choose Tanager Place? Mission towards helping children and families within our community who have added barriers in their lives.
Therapeutic Style: Particular attention to systems as well as attachment
Education: Attended Washington High School in Cedar Rapids as well as Luther College for undergraduate degree with a double major in psychology and sociology, attended University of Iowa School of Social Work, MSW
Certification/Trainings: Theraplay techniques, EMDR, Play Therapy