Roots: I was born and raised in Zeeland, MI, educated in the public schools, and have been living in the community for over 30 years.
Education: I graduated from Zeeland High School in 1998 and went on to attend Hope College where I graduated in 2002 with a BA in Religion; and then attended and graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2007 with my MA in Social Work.
Experience: Since 2007, I’ve been successfully working in the mental health services with clients throughout the West Michigan area. I have worked in a variety of capacities and settings that have provided me with valuable and diverse experiences. Roles have included: school social work, in home family therapy, outpatient individual therapy, secure residential therapy, hospital social work, and family medicine behavioral health.
Licensure: LMSW- Fully licensed clinical social worker, State of Michigan.
Interests: Camping and fishing (anything outdoors), amateur mechanic (necessity becomes a hobby, aka youtube mechanic).
Memberships: Volunteer Firefighter (Holland Township), NASW (National Association of Social Workers), Psychology Today, Eagle Scout (Zeeland Troop 21, 1998)
"Be yourself, everybody else is already taken."
I work with but not limited to: ADHD, depression (MDD), bipolar (I & II), adjustment disorders, anxiety (GAD), and personality disorders (Borderline).
I can provide assessment services for appropriate diagnosis, and can create individual treatment plans with the client. I also coordinate with primary care offices at the patient's request.
Sessions are a partnership with the client to address and reach the personal, social, and mental health goals set by the individual. The setting is a safe environment without judgement allowing genuine change to occur. All sessions will abide with HIPPA laws and confidentiality practices.
Family and couples Session
Relationships are complex and dynamic which at times can be difficult to manage. Sessions address these dynamics and provide a safe environment for healing and balance. Parenting, role conflict, life transitions, communication, and reconciliation are common focuses in these sessions.