Are negative past experiences interfering with you feeling good about yourself or holding you back from reaching your true potential?
Do you want to make positive changes in your relationships with partners, ex-partners, friends or family?
Are you feeling exhausted, burnt-out, angry or powerless from dealing with social injustice, discrimination or systematic oppression?
Need skills to minimize and manage your anxiety and improve your professional or personal self-care?
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 you. Your time to unpack, understand, and let go of whatever is getting in your way. It is your time to become even more of the person who you want to be, who you know you can be. And I want to help you do just that.
I help clients identify their concerns and blocks, establish boundaries based in integrity, respect and self-care, increase personal understanding and self-empowerment, and then make the changes necessary to be more of the person who they want to be. I have 29+ years experience as a cutting-edge, skilled, socially conscious counselor, consultant, coach and educator.
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. I am a Caucasian woman, a lesbian from way back, a survivor, feminist, a parent by creative means, a social justice community organizer, and I hail from a small conservative farming community in Minnesota. These identities, with all of their colliding lessons, inform my motivation and dedication to the services I provide and the communities that I choose to serve.
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 or family or relationship configurations, distrust mental health professionals or authority figures, work or volunteer in the trenches of oppression, and/or engage in community organizing or policy-making that addresses social injustices. Additionally, I offer reduced training rates to non-profits and allow for a designated number of reduced fee slots in my counseling and coaching caseloads.
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 consultation on such topics as professional ethics around burn out, vicarious trauma, and compassion fatigue; white professionals working with people of color; professional and personal self-care for mental health, social service, medical and education professionals; radical self-care, healing justice and oppression fatigue for social justice activists and community organizers; and fostering healthy LGBQA2S+ relationships. (Current Workshops and Groups – PDF)
- 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.
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.
If any of my services are of interest to you, please contact me to arrange a complimentary 30-minute phone consultation.
Take good care,