Patricia is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of experience working in the mental health field. She works with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families of any configuration. She has experience working with cultural diversity, as well as clients with disabilities. Patricia’s approach is open and non-judgmental. She believes clients are the experts on their own lives, and encourages them to take the lead in their work together.
Patricia’s therapeutic orientation is relational and eclectic, drawing on a number of treatment modalities:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
- Crisis Intervention
- Trauma Informed Therapy
- Family Systems
- Animal Assisted Therapy
Ages Patricia treats:
- Preschool age children (3-5 years old)
- School-age children (6-10 years old)
- Pre-teens (11-12 years old)
- Teenagers (13-17 years old)
- Young Adults (18-25 years old)
- Adults (26-64 years old)
Patricia incorporates art, play and a sense of humor into her therapy sessions. She is skilled at engaging reluctant clients. She has extensive experience in crisis intervention, suicidal ideation and self-injurious behaviors. Patricia has a special interest in working with LGBT clients. In addition to the more traditional therapy approaches, Patricia has a therapy dog, Jasper, who may join sessions, with client approval.
Patricia graduated from Augsburg College with a BA in Psychology and Communication. She returned to Augsburg to earn a Master of Social Work degree, with a concentration in Family Practice. Professional experience includes mobile crisis practitioner, clinical supervisor of a crisis center, emergency room mental health assessor and private practice therapist.