I was born and raised in Pierre, leaving briefly to go to school and living for a short time in Sioux Falls before returning to make a permanent home here. My family is from Pierre, my husband’s family is from Pierre; Pierre is home for me, and I am so excited to be able to use my skills and talents to make a difference here!
I graduated from York College in Nebraska with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and earned my Master of Science in Professional Counseling from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. I have spent the majority of my adult career in community mental health services.
I have a great deal of experience working with families and individuals who are experiencing crises. Rick Warren says that out of our deepest wounds come our greatest ministries, and I feel that is true of me and the love I have for counseling; as someone whose life hasn’t always gone the way I planned, I feel honored to have the opportunity to be alongside people as they navigate the joys and sorrows of their lives. I believe in hope. I believe that anyone can change. I believe that everyone is worthy of love and understanding. I believe that we all have the power to transform our “mess” into a masterpiece.
I am a member of the Central South Dakota Critical Incident Stress Management team, providing debriefing services to first-responders following incidents of unusual or high stress (like line-of-duty deaths, officer-involved shootings, fatal accidents, etc.). I am a proud member of the American Civil Liberties Union as well as the American Counseling Association, South Dakota Counseling Association, and South Dakota EMDR Association.
In my free time, I like to hang out with my best friend (and, conveniently, my husband) and our five kiddos. He and I are on the worship team for our church and enjoy playing music every Sunday, as well as any other time we get the chance. I ride my motorcycle as often as I can in the summer and like to tinker on it in the garage in the winter. I enjoy traveling, hiking, fishing, gardening, and anything crafty or creative. I am an amateur blacksmith and novice homesteader; one day, I’m going to live completely off the grid. Until that day, I wear the title of “hippie” proudly and appreciate any opportunity to learn about taking care of my family and the earth – physically, mentally, and spiritually!