Experience and Training

  • Masters in Clinical counseling
  • Masters in Public Administration (MPA) University of Nebraska, Omaha, NE (CACREP)
  • Nationally Certified Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselor (CADAC III)
    15 + yr:1990-2006
  • *BS :Double Major: Psychology & Criminal Justice
    Iowa State University, Ames, IA

* National Certified Counselor (NCC)- attained national standards in education, experience & conduct as established by counseling professionals. Board certification through NBCC helps others recognize your achievement and indicates that you value continued compliance with ethical standards & professional development.



Autism, ADHD and Anxiety in Children and Adolescents: Cutting-Edge Sensory Strategies for Mental Health Treatment

Mim Ochsenbein, MSW, OTR/L, will teach you how to apply the sensory processing approach to psychotherapy for optimal results with children and adolescents.

Sensory processing is a key element of your clients’ ability to function in daily life. In this seminar you’ll learn the sensory-based gaps found in the mental health treatment of children and adolescents with Autism, ADHD and anxiety disorders, and how to treat them.

  • Enhance therapeutic interactions
  • Improve regulation across environments
  • Increase organization and successful completion of tasks
  • Attain optimal arousal for increased engagement in the therapeutic process

Through case examples, videos, interactive opportunities, role play, and small group collaborations, you will walk away with a new and clear connection between these conditions (Autism, ADHD and anxiety) and sensory processing deficits! Integrating these simple and effective sensory-based strategies immediately into your mental health practice will increase results and improve your client outcomes!

Self-Regulation Interventions and Strategies:

Keeping the Body, Mind & Emotions on Task in Children with Autism, ADHD or Sensory Disorders
Congratulations to Teresa Garland and Self-Regulation Interventions and Strategies on finishing as a silver finalist in the Psychology category at the 2015 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards!

Keeping children’s bodies, minds and emotions on task just got easier with this new book from self-regulation expert Teresa Garland. Self-Regulation Interventions and Strategies features more than 200 practical and proven interventions, strategies and adaptations for helping children gain more control over their lives. Each chapter provides rich background and theoretical material to help the reader better understand the issues our children face.

  • Basic and advanced methods to calm a child and to preventing outbursts and melt-downs
  • Interventions to help with attention problems, impulse control, distractibility and the ability to sit still
  • Stories and video-modeling for autism, along with techniques to quell repetitive behaviors
  • Sensory strategies for sensitivity and craving
  • Behavioral and sensory approaches to picky eating
  • Ways to increase organization skills using technology and apps
  • Strategies for managing strong emotions as well as techniques for releasing them ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
  • The Choice is in the Details: Medication Options for ADHD Max Wiznitzer, MD 
  • Medication is a proven treatment for ADHD. It can improve attention span and decrease distractibility and overactivity. While medication is effective for many people, how do you know if it is right for you or your child? Learn about ADHD medication choices, including the difference between stimulants and non-stimulants, how medications work, the benefits, and potential side effects

5 Solutions to Common ADHD Social Struggles; Caroline Maguire, ACCG, PCC, M.Ed.
Many children with ADHD struggle to make and keep friends. Learn how to address 5 common ADHD social struggles including: making friends, losing friends quickly, carrying on reciprocal conversations, overreacting to problems and following through. Participants will come to understand the relationship between executive function weaknesses and common ADHD behaviors that lead to children’s social struggles.

Strategies for Promoting Positive Behavior in Children with ADHD and Their Siblings; Jennifer Keluskar, PhD
Many of the strategies used to manage behaviors in children with ADHD can also help their siblings. But, differences in emotional and behavioral regulation in children with ADHD make it necessary to provide them with additional support and strategies. Learn new strategies to help your family have a happier home life and improved relationships with your children.


NICABM : Next level Practicioner

  • A Way to Heal Trauma-Based Shame Using a 3-Dimensional Space – You’ll get a unique approach from Bessel van der Kolk, involving the use of dramatization to combat past trauma and overcome shame.
  • Practitioner’s One Common Mistake that can Increase a Client’s Shame – You’ll find out what Peter Levine believes to be crucial to your success in helping your clients relieve themselves from shame.
  • Frozen Response: Rewiring the Body’s Reaction to Shame and Trauma – You’ll hear two case studies from Pat Ogden, highlighting the significant impact a shift in physicality can have on a client’s recovery.
  • How to Work with the Inner Voice of Shame – You’ll reconsider how you view shame’s inner critic, as Richard Schwartz shares his perspective on the important function it serves and gives guidance on how you can work with it.

NICABM : Next level PracticionerTreating Shame by Repeating Shameful Acts – You’ll hear how Marsha Linehan works with clients who are too ashamed to admit their feelings.

  • When Shame is Used as Mind Control and How to Unravel it – You’ll learn how one of our experts uses shame as an opportunity to help clients grow in security and self-compassion.
  • How to Gradually Work with Shame without Reopening Old Wounds – You’ll discover the key ingredient to creating a safe space for your client to work through deeply painful shame.
  • Resourcing Clients to Tolerate Healthy Remorse – You’ll get one expert’s perspective on how shame can contribute to positive growth in diverse ways.

Why Insecure Attachment Can Increase Vulnerability to Trauma

  • The Effect of Early-Life Trauma on the Brain’s Default Mode Network
  • How Mindfulness Can Bring the Default Mode Network Back Online
  • How to Interpret the Link Between Trauma and Direct Eye Contact
  • The Neurobiology of Dissociation
  • How Trauma Impacts the Ability to Process Pleasure
  • How Trauma Reduces The Capacity for Insight and Self Reflection

The Generational Effects of Shame on Loved Ones – You’ll explore shame as a reflection of the relationships people have had and see how to work with it from the perspective of Emotionally Focused Therapy

  • Deconsolidating the Shameful Messages of the Past – A case study that shows how one practitioner worked with a client to replace acquired shame messages with disconfirming positive experiences
  • When Shame Follows a Child into Adulthood: A Case Study, Part 1 – Dr. Dan Siegel shares a client story to illustrate his 4-part process for working with shame
  • When Shame Follows a Child into Adulthood: A Case Study, Part 2 – Dr. Siegel continues to unfold his work with a client in order to reveal what was behind her shame
  • How to Treat Shame When It Doesn’t ‘Fit the Facts’ –You’ll discover how to help clients navigate self-inflicted shame through widening the perspective of the individual.
  • A Potent Antidote to Shame – You’ll get Ron Siegel’s perspective on the power of universal humanity to accept shame.
  • When the Body Misinterprets the Origin of Shame – You’ll hear Stephen Porges discuss the body’s role in influencing sexual shame.
  • An Effective Way to Eliminate Shame from Sexual Expression – Find out what one of our experts has to say about normalizing our deepest hidden shame.
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Certified Family Trauma Professional Online Training

The Most Effective Techniques for Treating Traumatized Children, Adolescents and Families. In this intensive online training, you’ll get the tools and strategies you need to heal trauma by increasing the connection and improving the quality of stability between the children you work with and their family members.

Dr. Robert Rhoton, vice president of the International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP), will walk you step-by-step through this cutting edge approach of stabilizing families that will improve your outcomes and reduce your client’s shame, guilt and judgement that are the lasting results of their trauma.

Certified Family Trauma Professional (CFTP)

The 10 Core Elements of Certified Family Trauma Professionals:

Trauma: The Creator of Adaptive and Maladaptive

Behavior Traumagenesis
Neurobiology/physiology and the creation of adaptive responses
Adaptive responses and reason, planning or intentionality
Environmental activators of the threat response system

How Trauma is Created and Maintained in Families
Adaptive and maladaptive behaviors
Patterns become family culture
Family culture becomes a transfer agent between generations

The Impact of Trauma on Family Culture
Patterns and genetics
How beliefs and personally relevant truths are established
Family homeostasis based on trauma and the resultant behaviors

Assessing Family Trauma
Traumagenic assessment process
The 7 domains of assessment for families
Family Strengths and Needs and Trauma Assessment

Stabilizing Families for Treatment
Reactive adaptation to help families feel safe in therapy
Normalize the reactions that operate in the family
Build hope through compassion and respect
Engage families in the process of treatment

Treatment from a Family-Based Perspective
Benefits of treating families over children for trauma
Neurobiological sound approach to treatment

Essentials for Family-Based Trauma Treatment
Manage self and keep out of the threat response system
Calm parties by educating them on the treatment process
Focus on function over behaviors
Deal with shame, guilt and judgment

IATP Treatment Structure for Families
Active ingredients applied to family treatment
Relationship building: Safety and predictability in treatment
Self-regulation skill building
Growth and resilience in families

Models of Treatment for Families
Figley’s family trauma treatment
ARC – Attachment, Regulation and Competency
CPP – Child and Parent Psychotherapy
Brier and Langtree’s Self-Trauma treatment structure
Relationship enhancement play therapies

Resolution of Trauma within Families
Put families on the pathway to growth and resilience
Activities to help family prepare for intervention
Examine family culture for activators
Create a shared language around common elements

  • What Lies Beneath Anger and Hostility? – You’ll hear how two of our experts conceptualize anger and how they change their approach with different clients.  
  • The Structure of Anger and Why it’s Built to Last– You’ll discover how a client’s expectations can shape a person’s predisposition to anger.
  • The Link Between Anger and Attachment – You’ll see how Dr. Sue Johnson shifts the conversation between angry couples to reduce hostility. 
  • 3 Ways Anger Enters Relationships and How to Disarm it– You’ll get an expert strategy for helping to defuse anger as soon as your session begins.


Drs. John and Julie Gottman's Couples Course: Making Marriages Work by Uncovering Secrets of Sex, Love & Trust

Exclusive course for therapists comprehensive training, we’ll dive deep into the toughest areas that arise when working with troubled couples, including infidelity and affairs, lies and trust, arguing and blaming, resistant partners, trauma and PTSD.

You’ll learn our proven methods, research-based assessment techniques and powerful intervention strategies that guide couples to greater awareness, empathy, understanding and connectedness — to strengthen and grow their relationship and intimacy. Plus you’ll see the exercises and techniques in action through engaging case studies and in-session videos.

.Based on four decades of break-through research with more than 3,000 couples, this training will revolutionize your practice


According to A Course in Miracles every situation is a relationship. MIRACULOUS RELATIONSHIPS is a guide to turning every relationship into a holy encounter, fulfilling its divine and glorious mission in our lives
How to transform our relationships from fear to love.


  • What does it mean to join another person on the level of spirit? Most importantly, how do we do that?
  • What is the ego, where does it come from, and how does it lure us into attitudes of attack and defense?
  • What are miracles, and what is their connection to forgiveness?
  • What is the ego-based versus spirit-based view of intimate relationships?
  • What is the relationship between a spiritual and psychotherapeutic approach to relationships?
  • How does a serious spiritual practice help cultivate happy relationships?
  • And more

Practicing miracle-mindedness is an extraordinarily powerful key to doing so. Your mind is your greatest ally in cultivating deep and powerful relationships.

A Mindful Approach to Overcoming Insecurity and Self-Doubt
Tara Broch

NICABM~ Practical Strategies For Working With a Client’s
Feelings of Worthlessness ; To help clients shift out of these painful core beliefs, we need to:

  • know why the ruminating brain embellishes feelings of self-contempt
  • understand the specific biological factors that fuel inadequacy
  • understand how self-criticism roots itself in the body
  • address the one overlooked fear that directly links feelings of “never good enough” to depression

How to Help Your Clients Overcome Anxiety, with Ron Siegel, PsyD

Practical Strategies You Can Use With Clients Immediately Anxiety can wreak havoc in clients’ livesAnxiety narrows our perspective when we’re facing a difficult challenge or problem. It limits our ability to think clearly and creatively. It leaves us feeling isolated and alone. And it doesn’t just constrict the mind . . .
. . . the harmful effects of chronic stress and anxiety can play out in the body as well.
But the more clients try to avoid anxiety, the more powerful it becomes You’ve probably seen how costly avoidance strategies can be for your clients. And usually, their efforts to “control” anxiety just don’t work.
That’s why we’ve teamed up with Ron Siegel, PsyD to bring you a short course . . .

How to Work with AnxietyEffective Strategies You Can Use with Your Patients Now Inside this program, you’ll discover the precise ways anxiety traps your clients and how you can use mindfulness practices to help them break free.

Practical Brain-Focused Strategies for Working With Depression, ~Elisha Goldstein, PhD

Why depression is the ultimate avoidance strategy

  • The four parts of the Depression Loop (and why it’s so hard to break)
  • Why the brain reacts to depression the same way it reacts to trauma
  • What an enlarged amygdala does to a depressed patient
  • Shame: depression’s worst nightmare
  • The neuroscience behind the shame-depression connection
  • The crucial role of the vagus nerve in depression

How to Ignite the Depression-Battling Part of the Brain

  • How to build the implicit memories that will take down depression
  • One way to break up old emotional patterns to reduce reactivity
  • “Tuning the Heart”: one skill that primes the brain against depression
  • The one practice that can lead to a massive left prefrontal shift
  • How to reduce the cellular inflammation that’s driven by depression

“I CAN HELP. No matter how you are feeling stuck” No matter where you are.