About Wise Mind Practice

I am a licensed independent social worker (LISW) in the state of IA as well as a certified substance use counselor (IADC). In NE I am an independent mental health practitioner (LIMHP). I graduated from University of Nebraska Omaha with an MSW in 1998. Prior to earning my MSW, I worked as a recreational therapist and as a psychiatric rehabilitation professional.

I have worked in various aspects of treatment for people whose lives have been negatively affected by different issues. It’s easy to call these issues by negative terms, such as “illnesses,” “disorders,” “aliments,” etc. But it has become hard for me to think of the issues in a completely negative way. Instead, through my work I have learned and taught that nonjudgmental acceptance may be preferable. For the sake of clear communication however, I have experience working with individuals with the following issues:

  • Mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, anxiety, depression, or bipolar disorder
  • Personality disorders
  • Emotion regulation problems
  • Chemical use problems or being in a relationship with someone who has chemical use problems
  • Neurological issues, brain injury or chronic pain
  • Divorce or separation from family members
  • Traumatic events or a series of traumatic events
  • Incarceration or having a family member incarcerated
  • Homelessness or near homelessness
  • Growing up in homes with inadequate parenting

I have been intrigued and moved by the people I have had the opportunity to work with in my career. My previous experience has been in the public delivery of services. I have worked in a state psychiatric hospital in Nebraska and was a member of the team that introduced psychiatric rehabilitation to that facility. And most recently I was employed in the private nonprofit sector providing outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment. I continue to learn from the people who I have been lucky to have worked with, my clients. It is now my pleasure to have a private practice and hope to share my experience, hope, and ideas.