Mental health can often seem like a taboo topic to our friends and family, but I hope to enlighten clients and show them that mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of. Everyone goes through hard things that at certain times, seems unbearable and makes you feel like you can’t take even one more step. By meeting with me you are taking that first step towards a new start and a happier you.
Whether you are struggling with life transitions, grief and loss, depression, anxiety, etc., you are not alone in your journey to mental wellness. Together, we will work towards goals and overcome obstacles to becoming your best self.
I have worked a lot with depression, anxiety, anger management, and loss; although I am continually expanding my understanding and hoping to work with individuals with different backgrounds as well. I enjoy cognitive behavioral therapy and appreciate that it tries to help people recognize and change negative ways of thinking and living and that it pushes people to make positive changes. Along with that, I love some of the principles that can be taught from DBT and ACT therapy: the importance of being mindful and taking a moment to breathe, recognizing your values and the important role you have to play, and trying to learn how to accept the events that have happened to you and learn to be ok.
Depression & Anxiety
AGE OF SPECIALITY
Children (2 to 10)
Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13)
Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)
TYPES OF THERAPY
Trauma Informed Care
"Even darkness must pass, a new day will come and when the sun shines, it will shine all the brighter."
~ J.R.R. Tolkien
KNOW YOUR THERAPIST
WHAT DID YOU GET YOUR DEGREE(S) IN AND WHERE FROM?
I received my Bachelor's degree in Social work from Brigham Young University-Idaho and my Master's degree in Social work from Boise State University.
SUMMARY OF PROFESSIONAL HISTORY
Before working at Family Solutions Counseling, I greatly enjoyed my time working for the Madison school district in Rexburg Idaho by helping with children and teenagers in the school who struggled with depression, anxiety, anger management, eating disorders, and trauma. I loved working for the school district and help, students learn how to cope with their feelings and mental health struggles.
Before working for the school district, I worked for a facility as a Habilitative interventionist for children with developmental disabilities such as ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Cerebral Palsy, intellectual disabilities, and vision impairments. There I would help with behavioral and daily living skills as well as helping my special needs clients integrate into the community.
WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO BECOME A THERAPIST?
My goal of becoming a therapist has been driven by wanting to help people rewrite their stories. Maybe you had a rough beginning, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have or deserve a great rest of your journey or happy ending.
WHATS YOUR THERAPEUTIC APPROACH?
I enjoy cognitive behavioral therapy and appreciate that it tries to help people recognize and change negative ways of thinking and living and that it pushes people to make positive changes. Along with that, I love some of the principles that can be taught from DBT and ACT therapy: the importance of being mindful and taking a moment to breathe, recognizing your values and the important role you have to play, and trying to learn how to accept the events that have happened to you and learn to be ok.
WHAT KIND OF HOMEWORK OR ASSIGNMENTS DO YOU GIVE CLIENTS?
It’s hard to retain things that you’ve learned or worked on in a one-hour session without practice, that’s why I like to give homework assignments in between sessions so that you can actively work towards your goals when we are not together. Homework assignments are purely based on the need of the clients and can be adjusted as follows. Unlike school, if you don’t do your homework with me that doesn’t me you fail or must drop out. We can work on it together!
HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR MY FIRST SESSION WITH YOU?
Come with an open heart and remember I am here to help you, so you don’t need to hold back. Breathe! It’s all going to be ok!