I completed my postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Program in Human Sexuality, where I acquired specialized training in sex and gender issues including erectile dysfunction, compulsive sexual behavior, relationship distress, co-occurring substance use concerns, and transgender identity and transition concerns. I am a Certified Sex Therapist (CST) by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) and am licensed as a health service provider in psychology (HSPP) by the State of Indiana.
As a therapist, I create space for us to explore your innermost thoughts and feelings in a safe and secure environment. I believe connection to ourselves and others sits at the core of our distress. Whether we are grieving the loss of a loved one, (barely) managing difficult relationships, or feeling lonely, we tend to fall back on coping strategies that we learned early in life. Oftentimes, these coping strategies previously served a beneficial purpose, but they may now be causing more harm than good. My role is to help you identify new patterns of thought and behavior to help you achieve your goals and live a satisfying life.
I strive to establish an honest and authentic relationship. As such, I invite prospective clients to first consider whether they feel ready to embrace vulnerability with a sense of curiosity and openness. Through facing these difficult emotions, we have the potential to develop deeper, intimate relationships with those we care about. My specialty areas of training include sex, relationships, LGBTQ concerns, and substance use/abuse. I am kink- and poly-affirming.
In addition to conducting therapy, I am an assistant professor at Ball State University’s Department of Counseling Psychology, Social Psychology, and Counseling. I see clients through my colleague (Dr. Paul Spengler)’s private practice and conduct telehealth appointments.