I am frequently in awe of the human capacity for healing and change, as well as the complexity of human thinking and emotion. I care deeply about helping people learn to change their lives by gaining skills in examining their own thought processes, communicating emotions, and moving in a valued direction. My approach is one I would describe as eclectic but overall person-centered, I believe that each person is a unique individual with unique needs, requiring an individualized approach. I will work with you to find the tools and techniques that best fit your needs, personality, current situation, and your life experiences. If you are finding difficulty or pain in life let's sit together and join forces in facing it. I look forward to building a therapeutic partnership with you.
I am generally eclectic, meaning I use a variety of tools to help someone get where they want to go. My favorite model to start from is CBT, exploring the connections between thoughts, emotions, and behaviors and finding ways to move them in the direction that my clients wish. While CBT is my favorite, I recognize that it is not always the best approach for every person or diagnosis, so I have a variety of others I often use. Overall I take a person centered approach, meaning that I view the trust and connection with a therapist as being a large part of what makes therapy work.
AGE OF SPECIALTY
TYPES OF THERAPY
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Person Centered Therapy
Cognitive Processing Therapy
Solution Focused Therapy
"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?
Master and Bachelor of Social work from Utah State University
SUMMARY OF PROFESSIONAL HISTORY
Prior to coming to FSC I worked as a therapist a domestic violence and sexual assault recovery center.
I completed my therapy internship as a substance abuse counselor.
Before completing my masters degree and becoming a therapist I worked in a variety of social service roles, of these the following were the most relevant in taking me on my path towards becoming a therapist: Victim Advocate at a domestic violence and sexual assault services agency, Parent Educator at a child abuse prevention agency, Case Manager at a mental health agency, Youth Mentor in a residential treatment facility
WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO BECOME A THERAPIST?
I was working as a welder as a young adult and was not happy in that role so I switched gears and tried many different types of work. I took a job in a social services role and felt like I had found my home, and a desire to help people to improve their lives grew in me. This led to the desire to become a social worker and ultimately a therapist, as it was the best way that I felt I could help others.
WHATS YOUR THERAPEUTIC APPROACH?
Person Centered and individualized. I will work with you to create goals and determine what methods are most likely to be effective.
WHAT KIND OF HOMEWORK OR ASSIGNMENTS DO YOU GIVE CLIENTS?
I give a variety of assignments, depending on need. Often the assignment is to try a particular skill and report back on how it went. Sometimes written assignments can be helpful, again depending on a person’s individual needs.
HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR MY FIRST SESSION WITH YOU?
Approach therapy with honesty and a willingness to try new things.