New Path Counseling
6412 West 158th Street
Apple Valley, MN 55124
Since 2011 I have been a clinical social worker working in the community and running my own practice. I own and am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with New Path Counseling LLC in Apple Valley, MN. I have been in the field and licensed as a Social Worker since 1994.
My career in social work has centered around working with teens and young adults on issues of homelessness, depression, addiction, anxiety, financial road blocks, teen parenting, sexual offending and victims of sexual abuse. I am currently attending the Permanency and Adoption Competency Certificate program offered through the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare at the University of Minnesota (anticipated graduation April 2017).
In my current practice I see clients of all ages and have worked with couples and families experiencing turmoil stemming from a wide array of issues including those who have identified adoption/foster care in their background.
I also currently work at the University of Minnesota and have been employed with them for the last 17 years. I have spent that time working fully in the financial aid office. Because of my background and experience, I work with undergraduate students who experience homelessness, family disruption/conflict and abuse. I also work with youth who are/were in long term foster care with the state of MN and are looking to attend college.
I work closely with the MN Department of Human Services Educational Training Voucher Program Director to provide training and guidance to social workers on preparing foster youth for life after foster care. I also work with many high school counselors and provide training and guidance to the network of high school counselors on the financial aid process for higher education funding. I am a main contact for counselors that have questions when working with youth who have difficult life issues or are facing homelessness.
Service Location: Office Based
Permanency and Adoption Competency Certificate Graduate (University of Minnesota Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare): Currently attending. Anticipated graduation April 2017.
Therapist personally touched by adoption or foster care? Yes. Member of a foster care family.
Young Adult (Adopted person; 19+)
Adult (Adopted person)
Adult (Adoptive Parent – Individual)
Areas of Practice Strength:
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Grief and Loss Related to Adoption
Search & Reunion Support
Adoption Identity (i.e. sense of self-worth; self-esteem…etc.)
Early Traumatic Experiences
Sexual Abuse (Victim)
Sexual Abuse (Perpetrator)
Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF – CBT)
Trauma-informed Child Parent Psychotherapy (TI-CPP)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)