Committed to helping families navigate the complex world of therapeutic programs for their struggling children, teens, and young adults.
Therapeutic Educational Consultant
Greater Indianapolis area and Midwest region
Thank you for taking the time to visit my website and learn more about me and the services I provide to families. I have worked in the behavioral health and addiction field for over 20 years. I began my career as a social worker with a focus on individuals and families affected by mental health and addiction issues. I saw first hand how these issues affect the health and well being of the family system and that outpatient treatment was not always enough. In 2005, I was introduced to therapeutic wilderness programs, therapeutic boarding schools and residential treatment programs. I worked with families assisting them in identifying the right therapeutic program for their child. Since 2005, I have worked with hundreds of students and families assisting in identifying the appropriate treatment program, providing support throughout treatment, and identifying continuing care plans to set each client for long -term social and academic success.
I live in Westfield, Indiana with my husband and three children. I graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and minors in political science and French .
About My Practice
When a family is considering therapeutic placement it is important to involve a professional they connect with and trust. I provide guidance, support, and advocacy for the student and their family while they navigate the challenging, stressful process of choosing the right program.
Being born and raised in Indiana gives me a unique understanding of Midwestern family values and norms. I have an ability to really connect with families and build trust around a shared culture that others don’t always understand. I am proud of my ability to connect with families in a meaningful way that allows me to influence and direct decisions about treatment options for their children by building a strong therapeutic alliance between myself, the family, and the treatment provider.
After extensive conversations with area clinical professionals and educators, there is a clear need for more guidance around therapeutic options for families with struggling students. I have a thorough understanding of area clinical professionals, schools, and treatment options that will greatly benefit families and treatment programs as they look to develop a strong continuing care plan when the student is ready to come home. I make it a priority to stay closely connected with area professionals to provide support to their clients throughout the placement process.
I routinely visit therapeutic programs across the country to learn more about the programs, meet staff, and familiarize myself with the nuances of each program. I am in regular communication with program staff to ensure I have the most current information to make the best program recommendations.
Who I Work With
Children, Teens, and Young Adults; age 10-28
Depression, Anxiety, Bi-Polar & Other Mood disorders
Self Harm & Suicidal Ideation
Substance Abuse and Addiction Issues
Aggression/ Behavioral Issues
Technology and Gaming Addiction