You are a partner, parent, sibling and someone's child. You are also expected to be a provider, a protector, and caregiver even if you feel inadequate in these roles. How do you do everything for everyone else when you already feel overwhelmed on a daily basis? How do you live up to today's impossible standards of perfection when you question your own self-worth? How do you balance work and family and still have your own needs met? How do you even know what your own needs are?
With my kind and caring approach, you will learn how to connect with others without feeling drained. Whether in your parenting role, or romantic relationships, you will feel okay about taking time for yourself and developing your own hobbies and talents. We will strengthen your voice in your life, career and relationships.
You will feel heard and understood.
You deserve to experience happiness in the many roles you are responsible to fulfill. We've all been in a place of not knowing how to balance parenting, relationships, community, and work responsibilities. Your needs matter too, so let's create your enjoyable, fulfilling life. I'm accepting clients now so call today and we can get started.
I will meet you where you are and we will go from there. You are the expert on your life. My goal is to uncover the strengths you innately possess, as well as help you build the skills necessary to handle whatever life throws at you.
I prefer to use an evidence-based approach utilizing various modalities to help in listening and
understanding yourself or your partner. Also, to be able to help in identifying self-compassion through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and challenging your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. I also utilize Acceptance and Commitment therapy to recognize what is in your control, and what is not, and commit to doing things differently with support, guidance, and coping strategies.
The parent-child relationship
AGE OF SPECIALTY
Adolescents /Tweens: 14 to 18
Adults: 19 to 64
TYPES OF THERAPY
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Gottman and relationships
"Mental strength is not the ability to stay out of the darkness, it’s the ability to sit present in the darkness knowing that the light will shine again”
KNOW YOUR THERAPIST
WHAT DID YOU GET YOUR DEGREE(S) IN AND WHERE FROM?
I received a Bachelor’s of Social Work from Utah state University. I then went on to get a Master of
Social Work degree from the University of Utah.
SUMMARY OF PROFESSIONAL HISTORY
I started my career working in Child Welfare in the Division of Child and Family Services investigating child abuse, working in foster care, and helping families in the reunification process. After 7 years working for the state and getting a master’s degree, I began working at Logan Regional Hospital in the medical social work field assisting in the mom/baby unit, NICU, medical and ICU floors, and pediatrics. I also worked several years in community mental health at Bear River Mental Health responding to community crisis intervention and practicing ongoing therapy before eventually going to Private Practice
WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO BECOME A THERAPIST?
I really enjoy working with people and helping them through difficult situations. It is rewarding to be able to meet a client wherever they are at and to see improvement in their lives.
WHATS YOUR THERAPEUTIC APPROACH?
I prefer to use an approach of unconditional positive regard and helping clients to believe in themselves, and that change is possible. I believe in self-compassion and being kind to yourself. I use several different evidence-based approaches and modalities to help clients challenge negative thinking patterns
about self and others and reframe them into a positive belief system using CBT, ACT, MI, and coping strategies.
WHAT KIND OF HOMEWORK OR ASSIGNMENTS DO YOU GIVE CLIENTS?
Typically I wouldn’t say I like to give worksheets or traditional homework, but instead monitoring self-awareness and identifying ways to change and make progress.
HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR MY FIRST SESSION WITH YOU?
The best preparation is openness and honesty about the current state of your situation and a willingness to share emotions.