Background: I have over 30 years of experience and work in the field of addictions.
- Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor (CADC) CADC Certification #12717
- Qualified HIV Early Intervention Counselor (QHEIC) Qualification #330
- University of Phoenix coursework toward Bachelors of Arts
- 40 hour Domestic Violence Training
- 40 hour Gorski CENAPS Relapse Prevention Specialists
- 80 hour Koerner and Fassett Criminal Thinking Intensive
Years of Experience: Started at Renz Center in 2010.
What you enjoy about working as a clinician: I am grateful for the opportunity to offer help and be of service to individuals that come to our agency through the motivation of something external or internal to make a positive choice for themselves. It is my job to help them to discover the path to recovery even if that means only being able to plant a seed that hopefully will someday take hold and grow. I believe no treatment is a failure if a client takes something away with them it is only a piece of their journey.
Areas of specialty: I work at the main office in Elgin and see clients that are men, women, young adults and adolescents from a wide variety of personal, social, economic, legal, educational, and cultural backgrounds, and I am happy to be able to work with a diverse group of clients.
Therapeutic approaches: When I first meet with a client I want to know them as a person this means going beyond just their substance use. This includes learning about the strengths of the client as well as their struggles, traumas, and values and belief systems. I have training / experience with a variety of practices including motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral, anger management, stress management, relapse prevention, partner abuse and domestic violence, MISA, team building, case management, DUI services, HIV early intervention and testing. I am currently being trained in DBT. I address the disease of addiction with compassion, humor and the seriousness of a capable dedicated treatment professional.
- “Nothing is so bad that a drink or a drug won’t make it worse.”
- “What you think is what you do”