I teach and work from a Feminist Multicultural perspective that incorporates developmental neurology and is competency based and relationally oriented. I have worked in a variety of multidisciplinary and multicultural clinical settings serving the needs of children, adolescents and families. I am very knowledgeable about the neurology of attachment, development and trauma and the use of interpersonal neurobiology in conducting therapy across the life span. Organizational consultation around cultural awareness and practice in trauma informed and person centered systems of care has been a focus for over 20 years. I have consulted with a broad range of organizations including: schools and school districts, juvenile justice organizations, mental health facilities and religious organizations.
I have been involved with developing mental health programming in small culturally specific agencies and have been able to impact the development of both clinical and training models in those places. I have been blessed to be involved with the development of the Doctoral program in counseling psychology at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. My colleagues and I feel very strongly about teaching students within a mentorship model and have worked hard to develop a training program that is relationally grounded, culturally oriented and academically rigorous. I have had the opportunity to consult and train professionals in the United States and abroad.
I want my students and clients to grow into being completely and truly who they are meant to be in the world. My agenda for students and clients is one of love and conviction. I absolutely believe that each and every one of us has a purpose here in this world. I believe that the highest good is to Love and honor and protect others, particularly children and those who cannot protect themselves. I have learned over a long period of time that there is no such thing as self-sufficiency. We are all intensely and intrinsically dependent on one another.
I believe that every interaction has the potential to hurt or heal.
I try to fall as much on the healing side as possible.