I am a Licensed Psychologist and Registered Dietitian who worked in my private practice, Creating Choices PC, in Bozeman from 1995 until July of 2018. At that time, I closed my practice in Bozeman and relocated to the Flathead in Montana where I have continued my counseling practice through telehealth and online services.
Although my clients form Bozeman were relieved to learn that they could continue working me when I moved, most were hesitant about remote sessions. All of them have been pleasantly surprised, have expressed enjoying the convenience and have continued to benefit from our work. They have also been able to obtain insurance reimbursement from most insurance companies.
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 I practiced in Bozeman you would have received a happy greeting, from Izzie. Her joyful energy still fills the room, as I work with clients remotely.