I want to help you learn how you can be in a different relationship with your suffering in order to decrease your level of emotional distress. When I first meet with you I will spend time getting to know you and the nature of your distress. Together we will develop goals that will guide your therapy and choose an appropriate therapy to best meet your goals.
One therapy method I employ is acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), a cognitive-behavioral therapy developed from research about how the mind works. ACT is a hands-on process which approaches psychological issues in ways which change one’s relationship with suffering through mindfulness, acceptance, and a commitment to values-based living. My clients who have chosen this method report a reduction in their emotional suffering and an increase in their quality of life, sometimes within the space of a few sessions. I have found this method to fit well with a person’s desire to include spirituality in their therapy as well as with my own practice of practical Christianity. To access more information about ACT, please visit the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science website www.contextualscience.org
While ACT is a proven and effective intervention, it is not always the best approach. I also employ cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), rational emotive behavioral therapy (REBT), and behavioral therapy as indicated, all of which are evidenced-based practices that effectively address emotional suffering. I also conduct psychological evaluations for Disability Determination Services Bureau.
I bring many years of training and experience to your therapy. I earned my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology (San Diego campus) and completed my internship at the Knoxville VA Medical Center in Knoxville, Iowa. I have nearly 20 years experience as a licensed psychologist, practicing at the Southern Iowa Mental Health Center in Ottumwa, Iowa and Family Psychology Associates in Cedar Rapids, Iowa before joining Corridor Christian Counseling Center. I am a member of the Iowa Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association. I am on most of the major insurance company provider panels (e.g., Blue Cross/Blue Shield, UBH) and on many EAP provider panels (e.g, ValueOptions, Carebridge, Employee and Family Resources).
I am always honored when an individual enters therapy with me. I honor them by being the most accepting, respectful, empathic and effective clinician I can be.