Meet the Team
I'm a Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner (LIMHP #1859) and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#184) here in Nebraska. I graduated with a Master's Degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Marriage and Family Therapy program. My degree included a Medical Family Therapy certification from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. In 2015 I started this practice, and love to see it grow as we continue to serve more of Lincoln through the years. I've been an elected member on the board of the Nebraska Association of Marriage and Family Therapists throughout my career. I grew up in Lincoln and take a tremendous amount of pride in serving the community that helped raise me.
My training and background is in couples and family therapy, however I see a wide range of individuals, couples, and families (roughly 40% of the clients I see are individuals). All are welcome! I work with a strength-based approach in viewing individual's lives through a biological, psychological, and social lens. I also focus on how individuals connect with each other, as well as how those connections fuel us in different areas of our lives.
I find immense importance in client-centered treatment. What I mean by this is: you know yourself better than anyone else; therefore my role is to provide concepts, education, and training that assist with achieving your goals. I target how we as people perceive the world around us and look to grow thoughts into a healthier and more positive frame of mind.
My approach for couples' therapy is to view the relationship as the client. I use multiple techniques to improve communication, help create understanding, encourage empathetic listening, and rebuild trust. I work with couples to continuously demonstrate commitment and strengthen friendship towards each other.
Many times our society pushes the thought of 'time heals all.' Through my clinical experience I've found intention is what truly helps heal. Therapy is just that, a process of building hope and change through intention.
I believe the need for someone to talk to is summed up best by C.S. Lewis, “As soon as we are fully conscious, we discover loneliness.” I believe therapy provides an opportunity to reduce loneliness by allowing a space to talk about the thoughts and feelings we believe no one else has experienced. Once those thoughts and feelings are expressed out loud to another person, we find connection and healing.
I have had the opportunity to work with many individuals, young and young at heart, having difficulty with life transitions and new experiences. I’ve also had the opportunity to work with individuals that have carried the weight of anxiety, depression, and traumatic experiences throughout their lives.
Asking for help can be incredibly intimidating, and one might think, “Am I overreacting?” Whatever the circumstances, please rest assured that all stories deserve to be told.
I’ve had the opportunity to call Lincoln home for twenty years. I graduated with a degree in Psychology, Interpersonal Communications, and Theology from Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska. I completed my graduate training at the University of Nebraska Omaha, and earned a degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I have had the opportunity to work with many individuals, couples, and families across the lifespan. I have been told that I am direct and blunt; this was news to me when I started my career. I was trained in a trauma treatment approach called Narrative Exposure Therapy. This is useful for individuals that have experienced multiple traumatic experiences in their life. It is useful to reduce the intensity of symptoms of trauma. Finally, I teach two adjunct psychology classes at Concordia University.
My husband, Andrew, and I have been working through, and enjoying, marriage since 2010. He is an electrical apprentice. He served as a teacher for five years before making a career shift. We have a flat coat retriever, Griswold (yes, we named him after the National Lampoon Vacation family). As a family, we enjoy camping, arguing over Monopoly, watching movies, quoting Seinfeld on a regular basis, and attempting house projects on our own. When Andrew is not around, I enjoy yoga, reading, podcasts, taking the Griswold to the park, and hanging out with my friends. My favorite books include: The Lord of the Rings, The Godfather, The Chronicles of Narnia series, A Tale of Two Cities, Fight Club, The Awakening, and Crime and Punishment.
Hi! I'm a Provisionally Licensed Mental Health Practitioner and a graduate of the Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I work with individuals, couples and families to address a variety of mental health issues including stress, anxiety, depression, trauma as well as issues relating to relationships, such as communication.
I collaborate with clients to develop goals and empower them to take steps in enhancing their overall well-being by identifying their strengths and resources. I believe in helping clients be successful by recognizing their unique needs. I am trained in the Gottman Method Couples Therapy (Level 1), EMDR (Level 1 and 2) and received my certificate in Medical Family Therapy from UNMC.
I am a Malaysian (Southeast Asian) and have been in the United States since 2016. I recognize that one's cultural background can impact one's well-being as well as relationships, and also recognize the challenges in being a racial minority. I strive to have unconditional positive regard for my clients as I believe everyone deserves to be seen in a positive light. I also tend to bring humor into sessions and have been described as animated and lively. I look forward to working with you!
I am a Nebraska native and received my bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Marriage and Family therapy from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I believe that having a close bond with a trusted loved one helps us to overcome challenges and meet our most pressing needs; it provides comfort, security, and helps to manage life’s stresses. For many reasons, these bonds break down and for some, may never have been firmly established.
I endeavor to help clients see how integral these bonds are and assist clients in forming them with the most important people in their life. I am skilled at utilizing the therapeutic relationship as a platform for empathy and safety in order to foster growth and mutual understanding as well as assisting clients in gaining insight into themselves and meeting their goals. These therapeutic principles are adapted across different techniques and with individuals, families, and couples. I welcome all into the therapy room and am passionate in particular about applying my skills to assist couples as well as adolescents and their families.
I have been trained in the Gottman Method, Narrative Exposure Therapy, and Attachment Based Family therapy for Depressed and Suicidal Adolescents. Continuing my education through additional training across techniques is a focus of mine and will allow me to offer specialized care to a wider range of clientele.
In my free time I enjoy watching and playing sports (particularly distance running). I have been married for 7 years to my wife Erika, who is also a Marriage and Family Therapist. Together we have 4 children, 3 girls and a boy, we love spending time with them and going on adventures.