I am committed to helping you on your life journey ~ assisting and supporting you in creating an authentic meaningful life that reflects your beliefs, values, and priorities. Therapy/counseling is a choice and can be something sacred and beautiful when explored, born, and manifested … discovering there is a full range of experiences to embrace. Read more Therapy As a Sacred Ritual (pdf).
I welcome you to HopeAllianz and believe that the therapy/counseling, personal coaching, lifeskills training, and educational programs provided will be beneficial for you to develop and enrich your quality of life in a positive, nurturing and motivating way. Let me tell you a bit more about me …
Mindfulness Emphasis: I emphasize the importance of “mindfulness” in everyday living … awareness of self and surroundings. We need time to remember … time to just be … time to dream … nourishing our mind, body and spirit, while embracing each moment of the day. HopeAllianz provides you with a safe place to come … to ask questions … to address your concerns. I will provide you with a compassionate, caring, nonjudgmental atmosphere in which to find your answers. HopeAllianz focuses on challenging, supporting and guiding you to reach your fulfillment of wholeness, identity, dignity and sense of self!
Educational Background: I received my Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) and Masters in Social Work (MSW) from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I have received my doctorate (PhD) in Professional Counseling with an emphasis in Clinical Social Work from Capella University in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
I am currently an adjunct professor at Indiana Wesleyan University for their Online Social Work program.
Clinical Licensure: I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) licensed by the Board of Social Work in the State of Minnesota (License #10662), as well as a LifeSkills and Caregiving Coach. I have been certified as a Board Certified Diplomat in Clinical Social Work (BCD), a national credential issued to advanced practitioners by the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work.
Professional Affiliations: My professional affiliations include the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work (ABE) and International Society for Mental Health Online (ISMHO).
Clinical Practice: In my clinical practice (in-person and online), I provide holistic services (understanding the “whole person”), which focuses on the mind, body and spirit connection, as well as promote mental health, wellness, and the development of lifeskills for individuals, couples, families and the community.
A Family Affair: Helping Families Cope with Mental Illness. The onset of mental illness represents a crisis to the family; crucial to the individual’s recovery is the quality of support these families receive. The goal of the presentation is to bring awareness of the importance of including families in the treatment process of individuals who have a mental illness, thereby encouraging collaboration between individuals, families, and mental health providers.
DBT: LifeSkills Training. DBT combines standard cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques for emotion regulation and reality-testing with concepts of distress tolerance, acceptance, and mindful awareness largely derived from Buddhist meditative practice. Utilizing a psychoeducational and life-coaching approach to teach effective coping skills in the following areas:
• Mindfulness and Awareness of Self and Surroundings
• Intrapersonal Effectiveness: Building a Roadmap to Self-Discovery
• Interpersonal Effectiveness: Enhancing Communication and People Skills
• Emotion Regulation and Well-Being: Managing Your Thoughts, Feelings and Actions
• Distress Tolerance and Clutter Clearing: Balancing and Strengthening a Healthy
• Walking the Middle Path: Dialectical, Validation, Compassion
• Reflections of the Soul: Exploring Life’s Lessons and Spiritual Journey
A Study of Resources for Families of Individuals Who Have A Mental Illness within Hennepin County State of Minnesota. Unpublished master’s thesis, Augsburg College of Minneapolis, Minnesota (1995).
The Tie That Binds and Heals: Families Life Experiences with Mental Illness. Published dissertation, Capella University, Minneapolis, Minnesota (2006). Dissertation Summary in a powerpoint presentation.
Family Caregiving HelpGuide. In process … Expected publication 2018.