I have been practicing counseling since 1993 when I graduated from University of Wisconsin, Madison from the Masters Rehabilitation Psychology Program. I provided community based services for 4 years in Madison Wisconsin serving individuals living independently in the community with a servere mental illness. I then went into county administration for 5 years in rural Wisconsin. In 2003 I opened up a private practice outpatient clinic in Shell Lake WI which I sold in 2011 when I moved to Cody WY where I continued in private practice until the present. During this time I have raised two amazing children who are young adults exploring the world.
I am currently the vice present of Park County National Alliance for the Mentally ill and on the Wyoming Governors Advisory Committee for Mental Health and Substance Abuse.
I have a strong interest in conciousness, exploring our greatest gift of oneness and truth. I embrace all faiths and support you in your journey to peace through your path. You have all the answers, you know who you are, I just help you remember this. Some of the most influential teachers in my life have been Eckahrt Tolle, Buddah, A Course in Miracles, The Dali Lama, Nit Nat Han, Mooji, the Holy Spirit and Jesus.
I'd like to share a little more regarding my professional journey related to specializing in supporting, advocating and partnering with individuals with severe and persistent mental health diseases.
I believe we all have a purpose in this journey we call life. In 1993 I found mine. Supporting, advocating and partnering with individuals with severe and persistent mental health issues. In my masters program I worked with an international research program, Program of Assisted Community Treatment, in Madison Wisconsin. PACT provides, intensive, team based, community based professional outreach treatment. I met several Individuals disabled who had been living in institutions but now moved to the community with intense services. I was touched by the beautiful, intelligent, creative and uplifting individuals who where tormented by these diseases everyday. Some heard music and some heard voices or believed a different reality everyday, every hour, every minute and every second of every day. Some would have such severe symptoms' that hygiene was an unmanageable task without queues and support due to so many other things to attend to in their mind which had no end in site. And the reason is for no fault of their own. Some had been at the top of their class in college when this disease set in.
My purpose and mission was clear and I have followed this passion in my work supporting, advocating and partnering with individuals disabled by there mental health challenges.
Not all people with severe mental health issues are disabled by their disease. There are many famous people who's disease has made them some of the greatest people to enlighten our world. Look it up on YouTube.
Most recently I am exited to here about research from Oregon emphasizing early intervention. This makes much sense. Every time an individual has a relapse there base line of functional ability and their symptoms get worse for the duration of their lives. The research shows significant benefit from providing treatment at the time of the first episode and creates greater probability of individuals reaching there greatest potential.
If you are or have a friend or family member, struggling with a loveones emotional disease please reach out for help. There is help for people who "Show up" for life. Believe me, I know this is no easy task, but the life of true peace is waiting for you. Call today, tomorrow never happens, 307-250-1338.
Providing Compassionate Counseling in an office setting, community based, online/ telecommunication and residential.