I am a Clinical Advanced Practice Social Worker under contract in private practice in Northeast, WI. Received my MSW degree from the University of Wisconsin in Green Bay. I provide psychotherapy for individuals, couples, families and groups - utilizing cognitive behavioral, rational emotive behavioral (REBT), psychodynamic, solution-focused and humanistic therapy modes. Before starting my independent contracting, I had an extensive background as a psychiatric social worker and case manager for the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay (Dean of Students), the Department of Human Services agency where I learned to be a strong advocate for my clients.
These clients have included: college students, disabled veterans, adults with chronic mental health issues, physically disabled and at-risk elderly, adults with substance use disorders and couples dealing with relationship issues. As a case manager for the Dept. of Veteran Affairs (VA), I provided concrete and voluntary services for all veterans under a Field Placement Social Work program. These services included: Veterans Justice Outreach programs, drug court assessment, case management, certifying benefits, coordinating psychiatric evaluations, implementing mental health care, AODA management, providing counseling for veterans and their families, and serving as a liaison with government and private agencies.
Other positions that I have had include coordinating therapy groups for a continuing treatment program and serving as a volunteer coordinator of after-care services at local veteran medical centers (VAMC). I have always had a high regard and rapport with veterans. As a veteran of 20 plus years, I also have special interests in positive psychology counseling, attachment issues, and family therapy. Other special interests include eating disorder therapy, trauma, life transitions, spirituality and religion, and psychological issues.
My professional organizational memberships and affiliations include: the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Phi Kappa Phi honor society (Philosophía Krateítõ Phõtôn) - "Let the love of learning rule humanity", Phi Alpha Honor Society for social work (PHI)and Give an Hour (a network of therapists providing free counseling services to returning troops and their families).
I take a holistic view of psychotherapy and try to honor each individual's unique characteristics and strengths. As a therapist whose clients have spanned all age groups - two of my guiding principles are to “put yourself in their shoes” and “it is never too late to change”. You can learn more about myself and my practice at Nett-Work Family Counseling.