My approach to psychotherapy is cognitive behavioral – believing that making adjustments in thinking and action can lead to improved mood and life satisfaction. Although I do help people reflect on how the past may influence the present, my primary goal is to focus on the present and solve problems that are immediate and meaningful to the people I see.
I have two children that live in Kansas, and I am currently in a committed relationship with a fellow mental health professional. When I am not at work, I enjoy music of all kinds. In the past, I have played in a Christian rock band and played pipe organ for various churches.
My clinical interests are quite varied. After graduating from the University of North Dakota, I worked in a rural Kansas community for eleven years before joining the Sanford team. Although my primary duties now involve working with adults, I also have an interest in family therapy with adolescents. In addition to my general interest in the treatment of depression and anxiety, I enjoy integrating spiritual needs into treatment, as well as working with patients with chronic pain management issues.