Asking for help or admitting that you need help is one of the hardest things that a person can do. It really shouldn’t be as hard as it is to tell someone that we are struggling. If I can make it easier for you to talk about the things that are bothering you and keeping you from being the person that you want to be, that is my goal. We all have strengths and weaknesses; sometimes we focus too much on those weaknesses and negatives. Using a strengths based approach, together, we can focus on finding solutions to those things that are holding you back. In the world we live in today, do you know who could benefit from therapy? Everyone, everyone could benefit from therapy. We live in a crazy, scary world. Don’t let your fears, negative thoughts, depression, anxiety, or anything else get in your way. Be brave. Together we can do this.
Using a generalist approach, we will find what works best for you and your situation. Pulling from CBT, DBT, mindfulness, solution focused, and many other approaches I am confident we can find a way to help you get back on track. I have experience working with children, teens, as well as adults.
Pedir ayuda o admitir que necesita ayuda es una de las cosas más difíciles que puede hacer una persona. Realmente no debería ser tan difícil como decirle a alguien que estamos luchando. Si puedo hacer que sea más fácil para ti hablar sobre las cosas que te molestan y te impiden ser la persona que quieres ser, ese es mi objetivo. Todos tenemos fortalezas y debilidades; a veces nos centramos demasiado en esas debilidades y aspectos negativos. Usando un enfoque basado en fortalezas, juntos, podemos enfocarnos en encontrar soluciones a aquellas cosas que lo están frenando. En el mundo en el que vivimos hoy, ¿sabe quién podría beneficiarse de la terapia? Todos, todos podrían beneficiarse de la terapia. Vivimos en un mundo loco y aterrador. No permita que sus miedos, pensamientos negativos, depresión, ansiedad o cualquier otra cosa se metan en su camino. Sé valiente. Juntos podemos hacer esto.
Usando un enfoque generalista, encontraremos lo que funciona mejor para usted y su situación. Partiendo de CBT, DBT, atención plena, centrado en soluciones y muchos otros enfoques, estoy seguro de que podemos encontrar una manera de ayudarlo a volver al camino. Tengo experiencia trabajando con niños, adolescentes y adultos.
-Currently accepting insurance, clergy pay, and self-pay clients
I truly value the experiences and needs of each client, and I aim to see each client as unique and special. Mindfully based, I use a variety of researched treatment models, specifically tailored to help each client reach their goal(s). I strive to promote a therapeutic experience that is encompassed by my core values of protection, respect, integrity, dedication, empathy, courage, and honor.
AGE OF SPECIALTY
Preteens / Tweens: 11 to 13
Adolescents /Tweens: 14 to 18
Adults: 19 to 64
TYPES OF THERAPY
Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
"If you plan on being anything less than what you are capable of being, you will probably be unhappy all the days of your life."
KNOW YOUR THERAPIST
WHAT DID YOU GET YOUR DEGREE(S) IN AND WHERE FROM?
Received both my Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Utah State University in Social Work.
SUMMARY OF PROFESSIONAL HISTORY
I have worked in the children welfare sector for over 8 years helping families and children find stability and safety in their lives. I have worked with families struggling with grief and loss, addiction, and mental health issues. Prior to that, I worked with adolescent and teenaged sex offenders in a group home setting. Helping to provide structure, healing and recovery for them and their families.
WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO BECOME A THERAPIST?
I can tell you this is not a career path that I envisioned for myself when I was younger. I don’t know if I ever dreamed of being a therapist. Life sometimes has a plan for people and if you are able to go with the flow it can take you on an incredible journey. Going with the flow will inevitably cause you to hit some rocks and rapids on the way down just like it did with me. My journey has lead me to this line of work. I truly feel like this is where I am supposed to be and this is what I am supposed to be doing. I love helping people and helping people be the person they want to be. I believe that through good communication and understanding with the right people, we can solve most of the problems this
world throws at us.
WHATS YOUR THERAPEUTIC APPROACH?
I don’t know if it can be narrowed down to one modality or approach. I try the best I can to meet you where you are at and build a plan and approach that best fits you and your needs. Everyone is different and everyone learns and grows in different ways. Using the core principals of social work and starting with where you are when you walk in the door we can work out plan together to get you moving to where you want to be.
WHAT KIND OF HOMEWORK OR ASSIGNMENTS DO YOU GIVE CLIENTS?
I don’t know if I like calling it homework because many of us experience an adverse response to that word. I don’t really have a better word for it so we will just call it practice. There will be practice that you will be asked to do at home and in-between sessions.
“Practice makes perfect. After a long time of practicing, our work will become natural, skillful, swift, and steady.”
“They say that nobody is perfect. Then they tell you practice makes perfect. I wish they’d make up their minds.”
I can tell you that we are not looking for perfection like Bruce Lee. We are also not going to throw our hands up and say things are hopeless either. Putting in the work at home and in your daily life is the only way to really make change happen for you.
HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR MY FIRST SESSION WITH YOU?
Come with an open mind and an honest heart. If we start in a place of honesty and readiness we can avoid wading through all the muck and nonsense and get down to what needs to be addressed. I encourage you to come with questions and concerns about therapy and what we hope to accomplish together. Don’t let doubts and fears stop you from getting the help you need. Mahatma Gandhi said “The future depends on what you do today.” Make today the day that things change for you. We cannot be prepared for everything in life.