I received my BA from Dordt College in 1975 and my MSW from Western Michigan University in 1984. My early years as a social worker were spent in child welfare; just after graduate school I treated my first individual with an eating disorder and soon began pursuing this as a specialty. I have worked in a large outpatient psychiatric practice as part of an interdisciplinary team: and was employed for four years as the Director of the Eating Disorders Program at nearby Forest View Hospital… More information
I have been practicing social work for over 13 years. I joined CTED after working at Forest View Hospital in their eating disorder program for a number of years. At Forest View I worked with clients and their families to help them learn the tools necessary to successfully recover. I have experience in the field of addictions and am a Certified Addictions Counselor. I am also certified in EMDR, and can treat co-occurring disorders. In addition, I help young children via play therapy and able skilled with adolescents… More information
I am a Masters level Limited License Marriage and Family Therapist. I completed undergraduate studies in Human Services at California State University Fullerton in 2010 and graduate studies in Marriage and Family Therapy at Fuller Seminary School of Psychology in Pasadena, CA in 2013. Since beginning my practice in 2012, I’ve gained a myriad of experiences as a school-based, outpatient, and in-home family therapist in Los Angeles CA.
Upon relocating to Grand Rapids, Michigan in 2015 I joined the Intensive Outpatient Team at CTED to pursue my passion of treating adolescents, adults, and families experiencing eating disorders. . . More information
My desire and passion to work with individuals with eating disorders has guided me to my career in social work. I believe eating disorders often develop due to an uncertainty and unawareness of how our relationships with others and self impact many facets of our lives. These range from our perceptions of life events, to how we treat ourselves, our ability to grow in healthy ways, and our ability to create confidence within ourselves internally. I utilize therapeutic interventions from interpersonal and systemic theories to empower individuals to grow to love and appreciate his, her or themselves for who they are and not who they think they should be. I attend to mindfulness based practices to help heal unrealized anxiety around systemic pressures in life.
I believe that by allowing ourselves to be vulnerable and open to looking deeper within ourselves and into our experiences, we can cultivate a relationship with food and our bodies that is well. I view myself as a trusted, safe and nonjudgmental support to walk alongside you on your journey to uncovering your more authentic self.
I am a fully licensed clinical social worker and I have experience working with families, adolescents and children in home based, school based and outpatient treatment settings.