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Willow Bay Therapy
12805 Hwy 55
Suite 216
Plymouth, MN 55441
612-440-1450
www.willowbaytherapy.com

“Hello!  I am the owner of Willow Bay Therapy, LLC, an independent mental health practice located in the Western suburbs of the Twin Cities. I am deeply committed to excellent client care with culturally-informed competency. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) with training in Family Systems, Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Narrative therapy, Solution-focused therapy and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy.  I am also a Registered Play Therapist (RPT) and specialize in early childhood issues and child psychotherapy. I am an active member of AAMFT (American Association of Marriage & Family Therapy), MAMFT (Minnesota Association of Marriage & Family Therapy) and APT (Association for Play Therapy) professional organizations.

Additionally, I specialize in providing support for foster care/adoption issues, co-parenting training in divorce situations, “blended family” support and help for families contemplating divorce. Due to my keen clinical interest and experience in the foster care system and with families struggling post-adoption, I am currently enrolled in the Permanency & Adoption Competency Certificate program through the University of Minnesota with an anticipated graduation of June 2018. As an adoptive and biological parent to 5 children, some who were adopted from West Africa at advanced ages, I have both personal and clinical experience with the intense needs and challenges facing adoptees and adoptive families.

I have my Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology and a minor in Religion, as well as a Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family therapy.  This training combination enables me to view therapy through a culturally systemic lens and incorporate culturally/spiritually sensitive interventions in treatment. I have many years of both personal and clinical experience in cultural awareness and integration. I have personal experience and connections, as well as a passion for working with children and families from culturally diverse backgrounds and often who struggle with social injustices, their own identities in the US or with their divergent children’s identities. I can help individuals and families navigate the complexities of being “non-traditional.” Rarely is a provider as comfortable with multi-ethnic, multicultural, multi-racial configurations. My clients deserve a provider who can adeptly work within their cultural framework and spiritual beliefs.

I have 6+ years of direct clinical experience from a range of positions and practice environments, all which cumulatively assist my conceptualization of a client’s unique needs. I have worked in an advocacy center promoting social issues as part of therapy, in client homes providing skills and family therapy to families in crisis, in middle and high schools providing therapy and school/family collaboration to tweens and teens and in a busy outpatient clinic providing therapy to a diverse individuals, couples and families to address a range of issues. I have developed a clinical style which promotes collaboration between physicians, schools, case workers, parenting mediators, Guardian ad litems, etc. when appropriate, to promote clinical progress.”

Additional Information

Service Location: Office Based

Languages Spoken: English

Permanency and Adoption Competency Certificate Graduate (University of Minnesota Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare): Yes, 2018 Co-Hort

Practice Focus:
Young Child (0-5)
Elementary Age (6-12)
Teen (13-18)
Young Adult (Adopted person; 19+)
Adult (Adopted person)
Adult (Adoptive Parent – Individual)
Couples
Family
LGBTQ

Areas of Practice Strength:
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Childhood Depression
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Self-Harming Behaviors
Attachment
Grief and Loss Related to Adoption
Adoption Identity (i.e. sense of self-worth; self-esteem…etc.)
Early Traumatic Experiences
Transracial/Transcultural
Open Adoption
Sexual Abuse (Victim)

Treatment Modalities:
Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF – CBT)
Parent-Child Interactive Therapy (PCIT)
Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Play Therapy: Filial; TheraPlay; Sandtray

updated Summer/2018

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    The use of the information on this site is strictly up to the discretion of the user.  MN ADOPT is not responsible for the contents of any outside sites through any external links provided; nor are the links an endorsement of the external site as to quality, accuracy or completeness.

    Parents should carefully choose a therapist based on the individual needs of their family. For more information, please see the following fact sheets:

    Choosing a Therapist
    Adoption-Competent Therapist Traits
    Working with an Adoption Therapist

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