Ann approaches therapy with the understanding that individuals often feel constrained by their circumstances, but that within those constraints, lies adeptness for both acceptance and change. Ann is a believer that suffering deepens one’s life experience. She draws upon the knowledge that individuals are made up of parts, and that development of healthy relationships with ‘self-parts’ can allow for new constructs to better manage life-phase circumstances, and generate greater understanding of the self and relationships. Ann tends to take both a person-centered and solution-oriented approach when engaging with clients, and she strives to provide individuals with tools for self-empowerment and improved patterns of thinking and living via humor, compassion and respect. While able to explore root causes of issues, Ann also emphasizes the importance of future orientation as it relates to personal growth and a more accurate perception of self.
Ann provides services for adults and adolescents who are experiencing attachment difficulties, divorce, adjustment issues due to trauma or transition, grief and loss, and difficulties with emotions management. Ann has experience in working with depression/anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, eating disorders, relationship issues, grief/loss, and general stress management, and often utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills, and is specially trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to assist with trauma experiences.
Ann has been told she “talks with [her] hands” a lot. She also tends to use animal references (she has two unreasonable and non-cuddly cats) and will sometimes employ quotes from Allie Brosh (if interested, read Solutions and Other Problems). She is a laughter-phile with a bit of a dark side, and a stalwart believer in the power of connection and vulnerability to vastly improve coping ability. Ann enjoys spending time with animals mainly, but can also be found at various music venues in the Twin Cities (when there isn’t a global shutdown) and enjoys outdoor concerts in the summer. Ann rarely stays calm when trying to figure out iPhone issues, sometimes bikes for exercise, often talks passionately about TV shows with her friends/plays Trivia, and always feels deeply for other humans’ struggles.