I think life is an opportunity to learn and grow and my resume reflects not only my formal education but also the life learning I've done.
FOCUS In my practice I work with adolescents, over age 12, and adults. My areas of specialization are Anxiety; Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; Relationships; Crisis Intervention; Families or people under stress from divorce or custody issues; Abuse Survivors; Survivors of Relationships with Narcissists; Bipolar Disorder. My approach in working with clients is one of open exchange and generation of solutions.
BS, University of Wisconsin, Madison Education MA, St. Mary's University, Minneapolis, MN Counseling Psychology
I also have an MBA and a Master's in Labor Relations with a focus on Negotiation and a PhD in comparative religions (because I thought it would be fun -- and it was) and they provide useful, additional tools for my work.
I've been working as a Psychologist in private practice since the early 1990's. I've worked in a private hospital inpatient unit for adolescents and adults; for an insurance company doing crisis work and case management; for Dakota County Crisis Intervention; for an adolescent prison in the sex offender unit and, prior to finishing my Counseling Psychology degree, as a Certified Hypnotherapist.
I have also had 12 novels published as well as my non-fiction work Emotional Unavailability. A sequel to that book, called Emotionally Unavailable Parents, is in the works and should be out in mid-2018. In addition, I've written for magazines, written two books as a ghost writer and written two screen plays.
Before pursuing the counseling aspect of my life, I had some interesting jobs ranging from being a Weight Watchers Leader; teaching knitting; teaching middle school; managing a training program for Mobil Oil in which we trained workers and managers from the Middle East in Mobil facilities worldwide; teaching SCUBA diving and doing underwater stunt work; acting, comedy and singing backup in a road band. I've lived in the Virgin Islands, Florida (twice), New York City, Milwaukee, Madison and, since the late 1980's, Minneapolis.
I'm happily married to a great guy who has taught me a lot about what love is all about. I was widowed very young after an earlier marriage. I've never had kids but love working with adolescents and their families.