I have worked in the field of Mental Health Counseling for over twelve years working with children, adolescents and families. In addition to my extensive education, training and experience in counseling and child welfare, I have devloped my personal interest in animal assisted therapy through research and training two of my own dogs to be the start of my own therapy dog program, Helping Paws.
Joining Forward Choices has enabled me to more directly serve the mental health needs of children and adolescents. Being a part of a small community clinic allows me to focus treatment according to your best interests and individual needs. Part of my focus at Forward Choices has been to work with pre-teen and teen girls' adolescent issues including anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and academic challenges.
I am also a dog breeder, conformation competitor, and trainer of Australian Shepherds. I also share my free time with my retired racehorse training in classical dressage. I have also volunteered with developmentally delayed adults and autistic clients of various ages using both therapy dogs and horses.