Denise earned her bachelor’s degree in Counseling Theory (Independent Study) in 1983 from Minnesota State University Moorhead. She continued her education at St. Cloud State University and earned a master’s degree in both Community Counseling and Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling in 1986. She currently is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in North Dakota, and a Licensed Independent Social Worker in MN.
Denise has historically worked in nonprofit behavioral health settings and has worked with widely diverse populations. She currently works with adolescents, adults, couples, and families, and is LGBTQIA+ affirming.
Counseling Approach and Clinical Focus:
Denise’s approach to counseling is collaborative, and she offers a safe and caring environment to build supportive partnerships with her clients. Her goal is to help people develop a healthy, supportive, enriching relationship with themselves. She believes our relationship with ourselves is the cornerstone for healing, personal empowerment, and healthy relationships with others. Denise uses a holistic approach to help her clients understand how their body, mind, environment and past all contribute to their present experience.
Denise’s provides counseling services to address concerns regarding anxiety, depression, trauma, grief/loss, relationship issues, self-esteem, personal adjustment issues, workplace issues, and personal growth/well-being enhancement. Denise uses techniques that involve Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, Solution Focused Approach, Poly Vagal Theory, Internal Family Systems Theory, Strength-Based, and Mindfulness practices. She is also trained in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM).
A message from Denise:
I believe one of the greatest investments we can make in life is the investment in ourselves, and one of the wisest choices we can make is reaching out for assistance when we need support along the way. It is an honor to walk with you on your journey of healing and self-discovery.
Master of Science degree in Community Counseling, Minnesota State University-Moorhead, Moorhead, MN
Bachelor of Science degree in Counseling Theory and Vocational Habilitation Counseling, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN
North Dakota Board of Counselor Examiners
National Board of Certified Counselors
Minnesota Board of Social Work