I received my Masters of Arts in counseling degree from Doane College in December 2013. In addition to receiving my counseling degree, I attended Wichita State University and earned a graduate certificate in Child/Play Therapy. I then obtained the credentialing as a Registered Play Therapist (RPT), which is a credential recognized by the National Association for Play Therapy as being a mental health provider who has had supervision and has taken specialized training in Play Therapy techniques. I am trained in Filial Therapy, also called Child Parent Relationship Training (CPRT), which works to improve the overall relationship between parents and children. Other specialized training that I have received is in Sandtray techniques, specifically Relational Sandtray, which is a form of expressive therapy that allows for the individual to express themselves in a way that provides them with the safety and control needed to work through their difficulties.
During my internship, I provided outpatient mental health services at the Geneva Youth Rehabilitation center for girls and at two rural public schools. This experience opened my eyes to the incredible need for mental health services for children and families in the rural areas of south central Nebraska. Growing up in rural Nebraska, I understand the barriers to receiving mental health services, such as distance to providers and time away from school or work for children and parents. This is why I felt that it was important to offer services to south central Nebraska families. Other previous work experience following my internship was at Wholeness Healing Center until 2016 when I opened private practice in rural Glenvil, Nebraska at “more than PLAY…”
I have always had a special place in my heart for children, especially children who come from difficult situations such as abuse and neglect. My husband and I were foster parents through Christian Heritage and had the privilege of caring for 11+ children in our home throughout that experience. My interests and experience includes working with children with PTSD and trauma, Oppositional behaviors, ADHD, depression and anxiety and Self-harm.