Hi there! I'm CJ (they/them) and I'm currently in graduate school at the University of Utah for my Master of Social Work. I am a fierce advocate for mental health and supporting individuals of marginalized communities. As I develop my skills as a therapist, I look forward to joining my clients where they are in their journey, creating a safe space for them to be heard, and guiding them with useful tools for their healing.
I believe that human connection plays a crucial role in transforming our lives, that our emotions and inner-workings guide our identities, and that we as individuals are a continuum of the systems we belong to. As I work alongside my clients, I encourage the exploration of emotions and self-identity, and see my role as a guide for them throughout the healing process. I have over two years of experience working in Wilderness Therapy and in-patient residential settings. I am trained in Attachment Theory and utilize Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and work from a non-judgmental & trauma-informed lens. As I grow throughout my internship, I am excited to work particularly with young adults and people who identify within the LGBTQIA+ community.
AGE OF SPECIALITY
TYPES OF THERAPY
“There’s magic in being seen by people who understand—it gives you permission to keep going.”
― Alok Vaid-Menon
KNOW YOUR THERAPIST
WHAT DID YOU GET YOUR DEGREE(S) IN AND WHERE FROM?
Bachelor of Spanish, Grand Valley State University & MSW (current), University of Utah
SUMMARY OF PROFESSIONAL HISTORY
I have over two years of experience working in Wilderness Therapy and in-patient residential settings.
WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO BECOME A THERAPIST?
Through my personal and professional experiences, I have come to know the power of human connection and understanding. We cannot triumph through life alone, especially in dark times. It is extremely humbling and rewarding to see others, support them, and guide them on their journey.
WHATS YOUR THERAPEUTIC APPROACH?
I attribute my sense of advocacy, passion for radically accepting individuality and supporting marginalized communities to my life experiences as a queer and trans individual. My personal and professional experiences within the LGBTQIA+ community have undoubtedly shaped my therapeutic approach in foundational ways that are difficult to describe. On a separate note, as a Wilderness Therapy guide, I used to lead clients through the unforgiving forces of nature while encouraging the growth of self-efficacy and resolving ambivalence. Being away from the distractions of our usual lives in a natural setting really emphasized the importance and undeniable power of human connection and empathy.
WHAT KIND OF HOMEWORK OR ASSIGNMENTS DO YOU GIVE CLIENTS?
None, for now. To be determined!
HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR MY FIRST SESSION WITH YOU?
Just try to relax and come with an open mind!