How long have you been in your profession?
I've been working as a therapist since 2011 when I graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a MA in Counseling Psychology and a certification in Marriage and Family Therapy.
Although my friends and family might say I've been "working" as a therapist my whole life - always asking personal questions and analyzing people's relationships. I can't help myself!
What made you choose to pursue your profession?
Honestly, I think it sort of chose me! I've always been infinitely curious about people and their life stories. I tried out an endless number of majors in undergrad, but I couldn't escape the pull of psychology.
What keeps you engaged in your profession?
I am perpetually inspired by the resilience of my clients. I get to witness real change and healing occur in my work. People find their paths, learn to listen to their internal voices and develop the strength and courage to stand back up on their own two feet. It's really amazing!
What are you currently working on in your professional life?
I'm currently in the process of earning a certification in Maternal Mental Health. Becoming a parent is such a monumental life change and I want to be able to walk along side my clients in ways that are supportive and informative as they make that shift. I'm learning about the biological and physiological changes associated with pregnancy and nursing, but also the changes that happen for both mothers and fathers as they incorporate the role of parent into their individual identities and make room for a child in their family dynamic. In some ways it's a natural process but in others, it's wonderfully complicated!
I'm of Danish decent, and my mom makes a traditional Danish breakfast item called æbleskiver. For lack of a better description, it's essentially a pancake ball, that if you do it just right stay a bit gooey in the middle! My mom would make them for holidays and all of my siblings birthdays. It's not exactly a healthy way to start your day, but I have so many celebratory memories associated with this food that it will always be a favorite!
What is your favorite beverage?
Coffeeeeeeee! <- maybe I've had one cup too many.
How do you spend your free time?
I have a couple of little ones at home, so a good portion of my free time is spent hanging out with them. Unfortunately, my older daughter's current favorite game is "mommy and baby kitty go find food." We literally crawl around the couch in circles meowing and pretending to find piles food. So there's that. Ha! We also love to be outside - going to neighborhood parks and walks around the city lakes. I also get a lot of satisfaction out of making things, so I go through phases of knitting or painting or building furniture.