Fraser Mental Health
3333 University Ave. SE.
Minneapolis, MN 55414
I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) currently practicing as a Clinical Program Manager at Fraser Minneapolis. In this capacity, I manage a day treatment classroom, supervise clinical staff, and see outpatient clients. Fraser is a multi-site clinic that provides a wide range of outpatient pediatric services, including occupational therapy, speech therapy, day treatment, and mental health services.
I have completed advanced training via the University of Minnesota’s Permanency and Adoption Competency Certificate program (2017-2018), as well as the Circle of Security Parenting Program model in 2016. I have experience providing individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, and preschool mental health day treatment. I am also trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, an evidenced-based intervention to assist children in processing past traumas.
My primary practice has been with young children, with diagnoses including Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Reactive Attachment Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
I believe that adoption/foster care is a complex process with lifelong impacts. In it, there are many joys, successes, and reasons for celebration, but also grief, loss, and separation that must be addressed. I rely heavily on the power of relationships and attachment to assist clients in working through past stressors and trauma in order to achieve a fully integrated sense of self. I know that the many ups and downs can be stressful and difficult for families, so I strive to help families see the positive changes that are possible and strengths they have as a unit.
Service Location: Office Based
Languages Spoken: English
Permanency and Adoption Competency Certificate Graduate (University of Minnesota Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare): Yes, Twin Cities 2017-2018 Cohort
Young Child (0-5)
Elementary Age (6-12)
Areas of Practice Strength:
Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Grief and Loss Related to Adoption
Adoption Identity (i.e. sense of self-worth; self-esteem…etc.)
Early Traumatic Experiences
Sexual Abuse (Victim)
Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF – CBT)
Circle of Security
Play Therapy: Filial, TheraPlay