Before entering the mental health field...
earned a Bachelor's of Communications, focusing on oral presentations
and new business development, from Boston University. My degree was the
last ingredient required for promising career in food media, thanks to a
series of amazing internships alongside hometown-hero, Andrew Zimmern,
and his Bizarre World. However, shortly after graduating, I
found out I had a series of medical conditions that would prevent me
from the career track I had been working my whole life towards.
final diagnoses could have been a crushing blow. Instead, I felt
grateful to finally understand myself and my body. I had experienced
medical anomalies throughout my life, but no one took them seriously. I
repeatedly dislocated appendages doing simple tasks, tore my meniscus
playing ping-pong, and started having anaphylaxis to foods I had eaten
only days prior. Unfortunately, these symptoms were explained away, or
entirely dismissed, by doctors and therapists. If I were in pain and
tired, I was depressed. If I broke out in hives, I was anxious. If I got
an injury, I was attention seeking or self-harming. No matter what I
did, I felt overlooked, hopeless, and like I was not an authority on my
I decided to become a therapist because I was so disappointed in the care I had received...
was taken to see specialists; individuals highly regarded in the field
and community, even to this day. Still, I would leave feeling worse than
when I walked in. I felt as if I was failing at therapy. The more I
started talking about how much therapy hurt, the more I learned that my
experience was not even remotely unique. Regardless of race, class,
gender, or issue, I started to realize that finding a therapist who fits
you is a profoundly difficult task (on top of whatever you are dealing
with that made you want to pursue therapy in the first place). My goal
became to never make anyone feel the way I had. Even if I wasn't the
right fit, I would help others to find the right person for them.
to joining The Calli Institute, my professional experiences with mental
health spanned over five years, working at schools, group homes, and
with incarcerated populations. Most recently, I spent the 2016-2017
school year at Edison High School, where I provided individual, family,
and group therapy to students of north and north east Minneapolis. I
received my Master's of Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Mary's
University, and became a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family
Therapist (LAMFT) in 2017. I am currently working towards full licensure
under the supervision of Cathy Malmon, LICSW, LMFT.
not working, I enjoy reading, television, movies, cooking, being around
my family of choice, and spending time with my puppy, Teddy Bear.
Internal Family Systems
Average session cost is $150
Sliding Scale Available
Insurance accepted: BlueCross and BlueShield, Cigna, HealthPartners, Medicaid/MA, PreferredOne, UCare
The Calli Institute
11334 86th Ave N
Maple Grove, MN 55369