I grew up on a farm in central MN, and I still love nature and animals.

I have been interested in psychology since high school, but didn’t really think it was a career option, so I studied computer science and did computer programming for 7 years. Once I realized the computer will do whatever you tell it to, the challenge was gone and it was no longer interesting.

I was a stay at home mom for a couple of years, and I had the opportunity to meet all kinds of people I would never have met otherwise. I decided I wanted to work with people instead of computers, and returned to college. Psychology was one of the few subjects that held my interest for the whole term, and the only one that held my interest throughout the four years, and I still find it fascinating to learn more about people.

I taught psychology classes for 9 years, and switched to doing clinical work when I felt a longing to work in a deeper way with people one on one.

When I’m not working, I enjoy gardening, yoga, dancing, reading, kayaking, cross country skiing and spending time with friends and family.

I am an HSP –highly sensitive introverted person, and have learned effective self-care strategies, including Nutritious food, a variety of physical activity, mindfulness, and supportive relationships and time spent alone.