Barbra began practice in 2001 as a chemical dependency counselor, working with adolescents and adults enrolled in the Missouri SATOP Clinical Intervention Program (CIP). She then moved on to work with children and families at risk for out of home placement or termination of parental rights, providing psychosocial assessments, crisis intervention, and intense in-home services including parenting skills, foster care supervision, and family skills development in Woodbury County, Iowa. Barbra has also worked at the Waseca Medical Center as a chemical dependency counselor providing treatment in the intensive outpatient and residential programs. From 2008 to present, Barbra has worked facilitating a quarterly Chemical Awareness Clinic for first time DWI offenders through Waseca County Court Services. In 2014, she joined the VA as an outpatient therapist in the Albert Lea Community Based Outpatient Clinic.
Barbra’s counseling style is informed by Cognitive Behavioral and Rational Emotive Therapy. Barbra has completed training and consultation for Cognitive Processing Therapy and Integrated Behavioral Couples Therapy; as well as training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy skills, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Nicotine Cessation. She has developed curriculums to assist the change process for the inmate population in the preparation to re-enter society. Barbra has experience providing individual psychotherapy and group facilitation using telemedicine service delivery.
Master’s Degree: University of Kansas School of Social Work
Bachelor’s Degree: University of South Dakot
Licensure: Minnesota Board of Social Work, Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker; American Board of Social Work Examiners, Board Certified Diplomate
SPECIAL CLINICAL INTERESTS
Criminal Justice-informed interventions