My interest in mental health began during my psychiatric rotation in nursing school. After that rotation, I began working at Methodist Richard Young as a Psychiatric Technician. I continued working there while I obtained my Nursing degree (Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing -1990) and my second degree in Communications (University of Nebraska- 1995) as well as a Master’s degree in Counseling (University of Nebraska- 1997).
After I completed my nursing degree, I worked as a floor nurse, charge nurse and then a unit manager. I left Richard Young in 2000 to utilize my education as a counselor in a private practice setting. I had the honor of working at Psychiatric Services P.C. for nine years. I enjoyed my experience there, and learned a great deal from the physicians.
I began working at Associated Counseling Professionals in February of 2009. I am a member of the Association for Private Practice Therapists and the Nebraska Counseling Association. I am credentialed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the National Board of Certified Counselors. I hold Nebraska licenses for Registered Nurse, Mental Health Practioner, Independent Mental Health Practioner and Professional Counselor.
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Therapy can be beneficial for all kinds of issues. My primary focus (after establishing safety) is increasing quality of life. Learning simple, effective techniques to reduce anxiety or increase communication skills, can help increase quality of life- both personal and professional. I believe if people suppress their emotions, it will come out elsewhere- health issues, relationship discord, or problems tolerating a work environment.