In my career, I have had the honor of working with a vast array of populations to include hospice patients and their loved ones to adolescents entrenched in gangs and substance abuse.
From hospice work I moved into long term care settings where I had the privilege of working with the senior population and their loved ones. Then I transitioned into the mental health arena in rural Colorado where I worked with the severe and persistent mentally ill. I also worked with families and individuals who were simply in need of therapy as they tried to confront the pressures of work, finances and family dynamics.
While working at the mental health agency I was offered the opportunity to serve as an Intensive Family Therapist for the Department of Social Services in rural Colorado. Here I was able to work directly with clients in their homes, which afforded me the opportunity to see and help families in their primary living space.
The Mayo Clinic soon offered me a position as a Medical Social Worker and this experience afforded me witness to medicine at its best. I was honored to work with families who were confronting major medical challenges and to help poverty stricken individuals in foreign countries all over the globe to access grants so they could travel to the Mayo Clinic to receive treatment.
After the Mayo Clinic I began treating adolescents in private treatment centers who were confronting substance abuse issues and family of origin dynamics. I was fortunate to work for two brilliant clinicians who mentored me in strategic and solution-based family and couples therapy techniques that I continue to use in my private practice.
Over 20 years of experience working in Social Work environments to include hospice, long term care facilities, Mayo Clinic and other hospitals, mental health agencies, departments of social service and treatment facilities for adolescents with their families.