Do you want to make positive changes in your relationships with partners, ex-partners, friends or family?
Are you feeling exhausted, afraid, angry, sad, or powerless from dealing with social injustice, discrimination or systematic oppression?
Need skills to minimize and manage your anxiety?
Do you want to re-energize your self, build on your strengths and resources, and galvanize your sense of identity?
Do you need a safe and confidential space where you can bring your whole self? Where you will be welcomed, understood, accepted and your need for privacy will be respected?
Welcome. Take a deep breath. It is your time to focus on yourself; to become even more so the person who you want to be; and I want to help you do just that.
I have 29+ years experience as a cutting-edge, skilled, socially conscious coach, counselor, and educator. I help clients identify their concerns and blocks, sort out feelings and needs, increase personal understanding and self-empowerment, and make the changes necessary to be more of the person who they want to be.
Whether I am providing coaching, counseling, professional consultation, or presenting workshops, I offer a nonjudgmental, professional and down-to-earth style that is layered with warmth, respect, out-of-the-box creativity, and compassion; all within the framework of decades of training and direct service experience.
Being self-employed provides me the opportunity to actively intertwine three of my passions:
- The privilege to work directly with people who want to make personal or professional changes using coaching or counseling.
- To engage with many different people by offering workshops and trainings and professional consultationon such topics as professional ethics around compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma; professional and personal self-care for mental health, social service, medical and education professionals; self-care and oppression fatigue for social activists and community organizers; and fostering healthy LGBTQ+ relationships.
- To actively volunteer in my communities. For example, I am the chair of the MN LGBTQ+ Therapists Network, past chair of the MN Coalition of Sexual Assault Services, and past Board Member of MN Women in Psychology. I offer in-person counseling and coaching, as well as HIPPA confidentially-protected online distance coaching.
As you look through my website, note the resources section that includes recommended readings (PDF), Minnesota and national organizations (PDF), and other information related to coaching, self-growth and self-care, trauma, relationships, sexuality, LGBTQ+, burn-out and compassion fatigue, and social justice. These are topics that I routinely address in the direct service and educational services that I provide.
I firmly believe that the personal is the professional is the political. I try to hold this framework as the backdrop to the work that I do and the life that I live.
To implement this framework into the services that I provide, I welcome people who feel outside of mainstream counseling or coaching settings because they have a socially conscious sensibility, are LGBTQ+, people of color, feminists, engage in alternative sexual lifestyles, distrust mental health professionals or authority figures, and/or engage in community organizing or policy-making that addresses social injustices. Additionally, I offer reduced training rates to individuals and non-profits and allow for a designated number of reduced fee slots in my counseling and coaching caseloads.
If any of my services are of interest to you, please contact me to arrange a complimentary 30-minute phone consultation.
Take good care,