I am a Licensed Psychologist and Registered Dietitian who has worked in my private practice, Creating Choices PC, in Bozeman since 1995. People describe me as caring, compassionate, a good listener, understanding and someone who also is an active participant – willing to share my thoughts, knowledge and reactions. One of my joys in life is learning. This learning continually brings new skills and knowledge to my work. I am especially interested in the brain and was, for many years, a Certified Emotional Brain Training Provider – a program based on the principles of neuroscience and attachment theory. That training and experience continue to inform my work. Realizing that the brain is plastic throughout our lives, meaning we have the capacity to change and grow, brings so much hope in my work.
In addition to my work in private practice, I have worked in hospitals, wellness centers and university counseling centers. My experience includes psychotherapy with adults, both individually and in groups. In addition I have provided supervision to both master’s level clinicians as well as pre-doctoral interns.
I am also a Registered Dietitian. Although nutritional counseling is not the primary focus of my work, I bring this knowledge base to my counseling, especially the relationship between food, mood and weight.
Throughout my career, I have devoted my energy to learning the most effective tools to help people create choices for themselves, which will lead them toward health and happiness, even in the most difficult situations.
Specialties and areas of focus:
- Skills for resiliency – dealing more effectively with stress, difficult situations and emotions
- Anxiety and depression
- Loss or change
- Increasing confidence, self-compassion and self-acceptance
- Compulsive eating/weight cycling – healing the diet/binge/regain cycle and creating peace with food – focus on health vs. weight
My work is based on the following foundations:
- We can all grow and heal!
- You have all the internal strength and wisdom you need and my job is to help you access or build on those strengths.
- It takes courage to look at one’s self and I have experience and tools to provide safety and make the process easier and more effective
- Emotional change is like any other change – it is about learning new skills – changing old wiring in the brain.
- We can change our old wiring and retrain the brain!
- You deserve the support and tools that you need to reach your goals!
When you arrive at the office you will, most likely, receive a happy greeting, from Izzie. She usually settles into her kennel as we begin our work, however, may come out to see you, at times, during your session.
Please let me know, before your first session, if you have any issues with dogs. If so, Izzie will be content hanging out in her, closed, kennel while you are here.