When I was diagnosed with Relapse Remitting Multiple Sclerosis in March of 2018, I was SO relieved. Why then did I wake up the next morning with a panic attack? I was neurotic for a year. Ask my support group - they were less than excited to be around me. As a therapist, I knew what I needed to do to get out of my head, but I was blocked. It wasn’t until I saw an article regarding influencers with MS and chronic health counselors that I realized I could follow them for guidance and awareness of my disease. Slowly, I started to separate myself from my diagnosis.
My Body was Acting Out…
I was totally freaked out. It was causing me pain in places I had never had pain before. The worst symptom was the severe pain and vision loss I was experiencing in my right eye. Worse, I was newly sober and afraid my physical symptoms were a residual effect of my sobriety. I was anxious, afraid and alone. It would take three years to diagnose me. I could have gone to a different medical system for a 2nd opinion, but the comments I received about my physical symptoms being somatic and drug seeking paralyzed me.
a little bit about
I’ll guide you to the rock. But you’ll be the one to step up onto it.
of healing for me. I look forward to uncovering what emotional healing is all about for you.
I found myself in a fog of panic and resistance. I recognize why it’s SO HARD to accept a life-altering diagnosis.
When we understand where our shame stems from, we unlock so much potential and lean into the grieving process.
I know you are showing your strength when nobody is watching, and you’re fighting battles others know nothing about.
I’m not a “how does that make you feel” therapist. I’m not opposed to the question, but I don’t rely on it as my only form of inquiry. My goal is to help you get unstuck, offer new perspectives, and make our time together be an inspiring experience for you.
Our work together will move fluidly between the past and present so you can create a future that is
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT)
I received my Masters of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in Drug and Alcohol Counseling from the University of Wisconsin Stout in Menomonie, WI in 2005. I maintain a license as a Professional Counselor (LPC) in Wisconsin (4160-125) and a Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) license (14735-132).
I have found that most clients who hire me are really seeking out actionable tools to handle their external and internal stressors. I work hard for you, but I don’t work harder than you. Because of this, we have a mutually agreed upon pace. We are usually successful in a short period of time and I would never share techniques with you that I have not already tried.