Life can be challenging when you feel uncomfortable in your own skin or unsafe in the world. Maybe you can't pinpoint why, or you have a sense of feeling unsettled that stops you from fully enjoying your life. Do you struggle with feeling comfortable in your body or find you are constantly on edge? Maybe you can’t get thoughts about the past out of your head or struggle to concentrate on simple tasks. Perhaps you avoid intimate relationships or constantly fear being left alone. If you have experienced a stressful or traumatic event and want help moving forward, I want you to know that you aren’t alone and there is help available. These experiences don't have to hold you back any longer.
Together, we will create a plan and implement new skills to move you forward. We will find your motivation to continue the journey, so you can fully enjoy the life you have and find peace and acceptance. I always use a collaborative, supportive approach. You will feel safe and comfortable in our work together.
-Currently seeing clergy and self pay clients
MORE ABOUT ROBIN
I use a trauma informed approach and use a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapies (CBT) to help you address the things that are keeping you from living your life the way you want. Sometimes when there are circumstances that are outside your control, I use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy to help you continue to move towards your values and goals with applicable skills that you can use to improve. I also utilize EMDR and find this can be incredibly helpful and life changing treatment for individuals. It is possible to both accept who you are and to make progress and change.
● Mood disorders
● Trauma / PTSD
AGE OF SPECIALTY
TYPES OF THERAPY
Dialectical Behavioral (DBT)
Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
Acceptance and Commitment (ACT)
"Whether you think you can or you cant, your right"
KNOW YOUR THERAPIST
WHAT DID YOU GET YOUR DEGREE(S) IN AND WHERE FROM?
I received my Bachelors Degree in Social Work from Utah State University. I then received my Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Utah.
SUMMARY OF PROFESSIONAL HISTORY
I have experience working in child welfare, residential eating disorder treatment, and substance abuse treatment. I have worked as a neurofeedback technician and enjoy helping individuals who have experienced trauma. I have spent the last two years working as a therapist with trauma survivors.
WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO BECOME A THERAPIST?
I have witnessed how trauma and mental illness can affect so many areas of someone's life. My experiences working with survivors of violence affirmed that I wanted to pursue becoming a therapist so that I could help people who struggled with mental health issues, people who had suffered from trauma, or people who simply wanted to improve their situation and move toward something better.
WHATS YOUR THERAPEUTIC APPROACH?
I strongly believe in a trauma informed approach and understanding the brain body connection. I prefer to use a combination of different therapies, and utilize ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) and DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy). I love these modalities because of the elements of mindfulness in both therapies. I believe once we cultivate mindfulness about our thoughts and behaviors this awareness allows us to make progress and to give ourselves more compassion and understanding. I often use trauma focused CBT and EMDR.
WHAT KIND OF HOMEWORK OR ASSIGNMENTS DO YOU GIVE CLIENTS?
I truly believe that the magic of therapy is having one hour where you feel safe, gain insight, and increase self awareness and then taking those things with you into your daily life. Homework assignments in therapy are based on the idea that in order to improve you need to take what we are working on in therapy and apply it in “real” life. Most often I ask clients to use their coping skills or practice something we did in session together. Sometimes I ask that people reflect on what they learned. There is no way for you to fail your therapy homework.
HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR MY FIRST SESSION WITH YOU?
You really don’t need to do much. I’d ask you to show up and be honest. Ask questions. I know that it can be so scary to take the step to see a therapist. You are taking a hard, vulnerable and brave step. I will do my best to make you feel comfortable and supported.