Mandy, a compassionate licensed counselor, brings over fifteen years of dedicated experience in supporting individuals across the lifespan. Holding a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University and a B.S. in Therapeutic Recreation and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse, Mandy has a rich background in various therapeutic settings, including hospital inpatient, School Linked Programs, residential facilities, and in-home counseling.
Mandy specializes in working with children (aged 6+), adolescents, adults, and families, providing guidance through a diverse range of challenges. Her extensive experience encompasses supporting individuals dealing with depression, anxiety, panic, emotional dysregulation, traumatic circumstances, life transitions, academic struggles, grief, family conflict, divorce, peer relationships, and identity concerns.
Mandy is particularly skilled in working with children and adolescents, employing play therapy and other evidence-based methods to address their unique needs. Having assisted numerous individuals in navigating disrupted home lives and the challenges of divorce, she is committed to providing a supportive and understanding environment for young minds to flourish.
In her therapeutic approach, Mandy integrates art therapy to facilitate nonverbal expression, fostering insights into life’s complexities and enhancing attention spans. Whether online or in-person, she utilizes proven interventions to ensure effective and tailored care for her clients.
Mandy draws from a diverse range of modalities and theories, including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Person-Centered Approach, Multisystemic Family Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. Her goal is to create a non-judgmental, client-centered space where individuals can authentically explore and work towards positive change. In her therapeutic journey with clients, Mandy helps replace unhelpful behaviors and thoughts with healthier, more productive ways of acting and thinking. Her focus is on establishing a therapeutic relationship that allows individuals the freedom to be themselves, promoting self-discovery and growth.
Recognizing the importance of community in fostering overall well-being, Mandy supports clients in discovering and enhancing their connections within their communities. She believes that these connections play a pivotal role in promoting positive social, emotional, and psychological well-being.
Outside her counseling practice, Mandy enjoys soccer, tennis, and exploring the Twin Cities with her husband and two school-age children.