Growing up, I lived on farm in rural Minnesota. I graduated from South Dakota State University in 2005 with a Masters of Science in Counseling. Since then, I have been working with children, teenagers, adults, couples, and families. I have had a private practice since April 2009. I moved to Pierre and opened my private practice there in January 2013. In 2019, I was blessed with the opportunity and dream to bring more quality clinicians to my practice. In 2020, I expanded my dream to bring quality care to other rural areas throughout South Dakota for people to have access to mental health care.
My theoretical approach is solution focused, client centered, family systems, energy psychology, and cognitive-behavioral therapy. I am EMDR certified which has changed the dynamic of my therapy. I have been blessed to witness changes with children and adults through this technique – it has been life changing!!
I have helped many people through depression, bullying issues, suicidal ideation, anxiety, grief issues, anger management, mood disorders, children experiencing loss due to divorced parents or loss of a parent, adjustments to life stresses, adults with childhood trauma and more.
My passion has been working with people to overcome the injuries and hardships of their life experiences. Through identifying those experiences and examining which assumptions, beliefs of self, and automatic thoughts have been created, we learn how it impacts your current life decisions and behaviors. We will identify how these early life experiences creates the physical sensations and reactions in your current life. At times, I will lead clients to reconnect with their inner child or re-parent that child within to heal old wounds.
In my personal life, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I also enjoy mindlessness in nature, reading, boating, and relaxing with my husband and children. I moved to the beautiful Pierre area in December 2012 and have been very excited to be a part of such a welcoming community.
The Journey of Rising Hope Counseling, LLC
In January 2013, Rising Hope Counseling, LLC opened in Pierre, SD. Since the first day I opened my doors, I have always trusted in God that I would help His people through the gifts and tools He gave me. God delivered many wonderful people to my private practice. So much, that I was unable to help as many as I wished. With many spiritual signs, my husband and I decided that we would expand so that I could train other clinicians to provide quality services to those in the Pierre community and surrounding areas. June 2018 I transitioned into a larger office space. In March and April 2019, I hired my first two clinicians and moved to a group practice in Pierre, SD.
I began to hear of the need of services in rural areas throughout the state. Unfortunately/Fortunately, it can be difficult to obtain the clinicians in specific areas as I had dreamt. Therefore, we decided that we would find clinicians in areas of need and build practices within their home area to enhance mental health services in that location; in hopes of making many dreams come true. What a blessing it has been! Since March of 2020 We have added 11 additional practice locations and hired 24 additional clinicians as well as a CNP to provide medication management services!
My journey is completed dedicated to God as I continuously pray for His Will to be done through those at Rising Hope Counseling and in me. My family and I have been blessed to provide clinicians with opportunity and people to receive quality care for mental wellness. We continue to pray – and journey on His path.
As needs continue to expand a new platform has been created to facilitate access and education from the ease of a phone, tablet, or computer. Rise.Hope.Live offers courses to cover topics ranging from mindfulness to goal setting and more. A place to obtain education and support for mental wellness. Click here to book speaking engagements or sign up for an online course! More curriculum is being developed by our wonderful staff of clinicians and will be released as available.