“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn” Benjamin Franklin
This page hopes to give you a sense of clients I have been successful in providing therapy to, as well as some of my limitations as a therapist. I am the therapist you work with after you have gained some skills to manage your symptoms. Our work together can take you to a place of deeper healing and make lasting changes in your relationships and life.
It takes several sessions for me to learn your hopes for therapy, your background, and to build a trusting relationship. For this reason, I recommend weekly sessions to start, eventually moving to bi-weekly, then monthly, or as needed. We will focus on addressing the underlying causes of your symptoms to reduce their intensity and frequency. Successful therapy is significantly based on if we are a good fit for one another and your openness to change.
Types of Therapy
I have extensive training in most of the models below and I also receive consultation in several. Using the below therapeutic models, I can guide you through a transformative experience. We will discuss which would be most beneficial for you to experience.
- Internal Family Systems (IFS) This is my main therapeutic approach! Build a compassionate relationship with your internal thoughts, feelings, and sensations. We shift the way you interact with yourself and others by using your internal resources like Calmness, Confidence, and Compassion. I have been a Program Assistant at IFS trainings and provide consultation to other therapists and practitioners in this modality.
- Somatic Experience (SE) Focus on your body’s innate desire and ability to heal, building capacity to move through anxieties and fears and resolve traumas. So far, I have completed two modules of training in SE.
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Move through stressful events and resolve traumas using your brain’s natural desire to heal old wounds and negative beliefs. I combine EMDR techniques with IFS. If you want “pure” EMDR, I can refer you to clinicians who use this modality.
- Transforming the Experienced Based Brain (TEB) Address pre-verbal and early development traumas that contribute to present day symptoms.
- Intimacy From the Inside Out (IFIO) IFS for Couples and Intimate Relationships. We will identify and explore a pattern in your relationship that causes you conflict or stress. Come to understand yourself and your partner better in the context of that pattern. Together, we work to shift that pattern into something that feels more manageable so you can have challenging conversations on your own. I am honored to be an IFIO Staff member, training other therapists in this modality. I also offer consultation services to other IFIO therapists.
No therapy or therapist can guarantee change or reduction of symptoms, as results differ for each individual. I encourage regular discussion of the effectiveness of your therapy you receive with me.
My intention is to hold space for your endless possibilities of change. I will do this by guiding you towards experiencing more confidence, calmness, clarity, and/or compassion. When life presents hardships, I hope you are be able to access these qualities and resources more easily and frequently.
With the above therapy modalities, I hope to help you change old beliefs and patterns that may have helped you through life’s early struggles but may no longer be serving you or your relationships. I aim to guide you towards the answers and wisdom already within you, as well as a more kind and loving relationship with yourself and loved ones.
Common life experiences I work with:
I do not provide “talk therapy,” in which Cognitive Behavioral Therapy may be the dominate form of treatment. With talk therapy, one might expect to focus on recent events and feelings, learn how to manage symptoms, and receive homework. These can be beneficial interventions. If this is the therapy you want, I can offer referrals to therapists who provide this service, or you may search Psychology Today.
Intimate Relationships: If violence is occurring or ongoing in your relationship, please contact a therapist who specializes in domestic violence on Psychology Today or contact Waypoint Services: 319.365.1458.
My experience working with intimate relationships:
- a partner has an extensive trauma history
- a partner struggles with an addiction
- emotional and physical affairs
- increase intimacy with healthier communication and increase understanding of one another
- adult children and parents
I am also interested in working with the following intimate relationships: colleagues, non-monogamous, and friends.
Ages: I most often work with individuals and couples mid 20’s to early 60’s.
- Children: I highly recommend a play therapist for children. I can offer referrals to therapists who provide this service or you may search Psychology Today.
- Teens/Adolescents: I can offer referrals to therapists who work with teens, or you may search Psychology Today.
Crisis: I am not a good fit for those in crisis, who require contact outside of regular office hours or on-call services for emergencies (suicidal tendencies, psychosis, etc.) because I am only available during regular office hours and in-between sessions. If you are in crisis now, please contact Foundation 2 at 319.362.2174 or 800.332.4224, chat online foundation2crisischat.org, text “start” or “go” to 741741, chat online https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/, or call 911 for emergencies, or go to the nearest emergency room. For a therapist who can assist you, contact Mercy, Unity Point, or Abbe Mental Health Center.
Addictions: No one says, “I want to become an alcoholic…shopaholic…involved in an abusive relationship.” Underneath painful behaviors (ex: addictions, abuse of self or others) are painful losses, and unhealed wounds such as grief and loss, neglect, or trauma. The behavior is self-protective so we work on building the ability to be and work with the underlying pain.
- I may recommend a higher level of care and refer you to a local treatment center (Sedlacek Treatment Center: 319.398.6226, ASAC: 319.390.4611, or Unity Point: 319.363.4429). Therapists with CADC credentials are specialized in treating substance abuse.
Mental Health Professionals: I have worked with many mental health providers as individuals, many seeking to work within the IFS model. I have also worked with couples where one or both partners are mental health professionals.
Insurance and Payment Policy
As of June 1, 2021, I no longer accept insurance: June 1st Changes. Please contact your insurance company to see if they will reimburse you for seeing an out-of-network provider. I am happy to provide you with the necessary Super Bill and assist you in filling out your insurance company’s appropriate form for potential reimbursement. If you are in a position to need to use your insurance, I totally understand, and will give you referrals to several colleagues who accept your insurance.
I accept cash, personal checks, and most credit cards for payment. You can use your Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Savings Account (FSA). Payment is due at the beginning of each session.