Where are you from?
I am an Iowan from the start. As a little girl, I had several moves within the state before landing for the bulk of my latter elementary through high school years in Fort Dodge, Iowa. My husband and I did spend five years living and loving our time in a Chicago-area suburb while I completed graduate school and while we began our early careers.
What is the one thing you want someone to know about you?
My family is my heart. I most treasure my roles as wife and mother only second to being a daughter of the Most High Dad. My children are my teachers. They are my home base and greatest joy. I love being Mom to two energetic and bold boys. My heart still pitter patters for my husband of 15 years. He is my very best friend who encourages me beyond words. He thinks that I am much braver than I actually am and encourages me to take leaps of faith.
What is something you are proud of?
I am immensely proud of my volunteer work with Royal Family Kids Camp of NW Iowa (RFKC). RFKC is a volunteer run and operated camp geared toward ministering to the lives of children between the ages of 6-11 who are actively in the foster care system. My work with these beautiful children and their volunteers drives the impetus of all that is provided through All Things New Therapy Services, Inc. These children drive us in thinking differently and providing “out-of-the-box” service delivery.
What do you do for fun?
READ! I remember getting my first library card. I felt like it was my ticket to the world. I love everything about books! I also enjoy getting pedicures and going for extended coffee chats with girlfriends. When I can get it….I also love a good massage and it is even better if my honey and I can sneak away for a couples massage.
What was your first job/career?
Summer camp counselor at Ingham Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp. I am a huge advocate for the camping experience for children and their families. I began attending camp as a little girl with my family and continued on as a camper all the way through high school. I was hooked! This is where I gave my heart to Jesus, developed my first crushes, learned my love of vocal harmonizing around the campfire, became inclined to get a tattoo, and learned to love me for me. I served as a camp counselor as early and as often as I could.
Do you have any pets?
Maddie is our family’s 4 year old, black English Cocker Spaniel. She is loved to pieces and tolerates all of the not-so-gentle touches of our 4 year old little boy. Maddie is extremely tender-hearted but also keeps this therapist pet mama on her toes as she has loads of anxiety and sensory needs. She does not understand spatial boundaries, has anxious piddles when meeting strangers, and hides from thunderstorms.
What is a little known factoid about yourself?
I got my first tattoo in my freshman year of college. I have a bit of a rebellious streak running through my veins as I love my Christian community but strive always to rock comfortable Christianity and “pat-responses” to big life issues. P.S….I had my dad’s permission to get the tattoo! It is a butterfly on the top of my left foot. It symbolizes freedom and rebirth. I say my “first” and truly it is my only but time will only tell if I take the plunge again.
About Therapy Practice
What do you value about being a therapist?
Therapy time is holy time. I am tremendously humbled by being allowed to enter the innermost “rooms” of a person’s heart. The feelings are real and true. The vulnerability is everywhere. To be allowed to share this space is beyond belief.
How does your faith play itself out in your work as a therapist?
My identity, the core of EVERYTHING about me, finds its center in my faith in God and my “daughtership” in Him. It is not something that I can turn off and on. I understand that many with whom I work do not share this same belief. It is not my job to convert them. It is not my work to judge them. It is my purpose to demonstrate the same love, compassion, and grace that has been afforded to me by my God to all with whom I meet whether it be in my clinical office, on the sidewalk or at the local grocery store.