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Adult and Adolescent Comprehensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
The goal of DBT is to create a life worth living.
Our adolescent and adult groups engage individuals who:
Participants engage in both psychotherapy and skills training groups. Participants must commit to working with an individual DBT therapist once per week and attend weekly group skills sessions. Groups are 2.5 hours in length.
DBT is based on cognitive theory behavioral theory and dialectical philosophies. The model looks at how symptoms are created through transactions in the environment and works to extinguish unproductive behaviors and find a new balance. DBT was created to treat suicidal and para-suicidal behaviors, and research now shows significant improvement for emotion regulation and impulsivity by becoming more aware of the moment.
DBT therapists are part of a team that utilizes the knowledge of other therapists to ensure individuals receive the highest quality of care.
Individuals in DBT have access to an psychotherapist outside of conventional therapy sessions.
Fees are determined by program and will be discussed with you.
My work in mental health has always been specific to underserved communities. Persons of color are additionally marginalized in society. My life’s work over the last ten years or so has been very much focused on diversity, equity, and inclusivity. I like to believe that it feels different sitting with someone with that lens, that there is a different level of respect.
I start with clients with us assessing fit - are they comfortable with me. Because I do a lot of trauma work, I like to be very transparent and offer options to people so they feel they have some agency. The client is the expert on who they are and I have the skills to help them live their best life.
I see a variety of ages, sexual orientation, sexual and gender identity. I enjoy working with youth who are struggling in their educational systems.
Special Interests/Skills: LGBTQ+, QTBIPOC, Latino/Latina, Native American populations; complex trauma, intersectionality, severe and persistent mental illness, ex-offender community reentry.
I try to make sure therapy is as unique as the client themselves, meaning we can work together to create the structure and unique modality which works for you.
My priority in every session is to provide an inclusive and safe space to process successes and challenges in your life. I am willing to give as much feedback, whether skills, validation, compassion, or simply space, as you need. It is your right to bring whatever you have, and it is my job to make sure we work towards your overarching therapeutic goals.
It is very important to me that therapy is at a pace with which you are comfortable. A major part of that is being open to explore your identity with you. While I may have several interests, my greatest passion is working with the LGBTQIA+ community and helping one find their safe spaces.
Special Interests/Skills: LGBTQIA and gender identities, dialectical behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, diagnosing children ages 5 and under (DC: 0-5).
While I may be providing mental health services, I consider the client the expert in their life and their experience. I see my role as providing a safe, inclusive space to explore how environmental barriers and one’s mental health are impacting the life one wants to be living. My priorities in our work together is your safety and comfort, transparency of services, lack of judgment, and providing services which will address your mental health goals.
I approach therapy by first considering your strengths and prioritizing whether you perceive me as a good fit for your needs. Together, we can create an individualized course of treatment to address the changes you are hoping for in your life. My practice is guided by Strengths-Based, Family Systems, CBT, DBT, Trauma-Informed, and Person-Centered interventions.
Special Interests/Skills: Adolescent, young adult, life transitions, LGBTQIA+ identities, disordered eating, relationship anxiety, divorce recovery, and religious trauma.
Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Viterbo University- La Crosse, WI.
Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Viterbo University, La Crosse, WI.
Working towards Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC).
Working towards Dialectical Behavioral Therapy training (DBT).
Individual, family, and group therapy.
Substance use and co-dependency, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution- Focused Therapy (SFT), and Strengths Based Therapy approaches.