She has worked in community based programs, volunteered in community organizing, and pastored in churches. Brenda’s core values include diversity and inclusivity; she is experienced in supporting LGBTQ+ individuals and families with the particular societal challenges they face. Brenda is uniquely skilled to accompany people through life transitions, spiritual development, and religious trauma.
Brenda uses the Prepare-Enrich Relationship Inventory, which is a tool used to strengthen a couple’s relationship. She has also completed training at UW-Madison specific to grief support.
Brenda’s practice is informed by her professional memberships in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT); the American Association for Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT); and the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE). Brenda has also completed our specialized training to integrate one's own faith into the therapy process. For more information, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions
Areas of Focus
Brenda’s therapeutic style is integrative and holistic, incorporating family and community systems theory with client-based, solution-focused approaches, focusing on:
- Relationship Counseling and Pre-Marriage Preparation
- Marriage Enrichment and Divorce Prevention
- Family Counseling (Parenting, Step Families)
- Sexual & Relational Minorities
- Gender Identity
- Stress & Anxiety
- Women’s Issues
- Grief & Bereavement
- Spirituality & Faith Issues
- Clergy Support
- Career & Vocational Issues
- Life Transitions
- Trauma Work
Brenda practices therapy with individuals, couples, and families, and she works with children (ages 5+), adolescents (ages 13-17), adults (ages 18+), and senior adults (ages 60+). She strives to create a safe space for all people that is collaborative, nonjudgmental, and supportive.
Outside of Work
Brenda enjoys listening to and creating music with piano, handbells, and voice, and dabbles in music with other instruments. She enjoys gardening, short bike rides, or long walks outside with her spouse and school-aged children. They have an enthusiastic dog and a cranky cat. Brenda is happiest playing games, working on puzzles, or trying something new with people she loves.