I am excited to be a part of the collaborative team at BACA! I am originally from the Midwest where I grew up in St. Louis, MO. I moved to Northfield, MN to attend Carleton College where I received my BA in Sociology and Anthropology. Working with children and youth has been a driving force in my life. Beginning in college, I had the opportunity to further explore this interest. While in college I counseled students as a Resident Advisor for two years in addition to a two year summer internship working in an enrichment program for elementary school children. These experiences spurred my desire to work with children and youth to empower them with developing skills to improve their lives. After graduating, I continued my work with youth in the Chicago area as an advocate for teens who were preparing for independent living. Through this position it became apparent that I wanted to further develop my therapeutic skills for working with youth and families.
I returned to my hometown where I received my Masters in Social Work from Washington University, in St. Louis, with a concentration in Mental Health. With the skills that I gained in graduate school I moved to the Bay Area where I worked as a clinician in community mental health and in schools supporting children and youth with behavioral and emotional difficulties. I fell in love with the Bay Area and the culture, diversity, endless variety of restaurants, and environment. The combination of these experiences awakened my desire to travel. Before coming to BACA, I worked as a consultant for the Department of Defense supporting military families in the US and overseas with the unique challenges that they face. After this enriching experience, I was ready to return to the Bay Area to continue my work with families. Actively listening to individual needs and collaborating with parents, children, and youth to meet their individual goals has been key in my work with families.
I use a variety of approaches to help my clients, tailored to their individual needs. I apply a strengths based approach incorporating cognitive behavioral therapy, family systems, and solution-focused therapy. With compassion, understanding, flexibility, and dedication, I work with children, youth and families to help build upon their strengths and develop skills to continue to grow in a positive direction.
In my free time I enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling, exploring the Bay Area, listening to music, cooking, knitting, and crocheting.