believe the choice to begin counseling is often a courageous one, usually the result of feeling “stuck,” “burned out,” or worse. For this reason, I feel the therapeutic alliance between client and therapist is crucial. My aim is for you to feel safe in this relationship. My philosophy is based in looking at what is not good and gradually examining small changes to find where you can feel significantly more positive and powerful.
Because every individual is different, I like to tailor fit therapeutic modalities to your specific needs. I combine different types of evidence-based theories including CBT, DBT, ACT, the Gottman Method, and Internal Family Systems Theory (to name a few). There is constantly new research and legislation impacting mental health, and this is exciting and challenging. I strive to stay informed on recent developments so I can help you navigate through what is meaningful for you.
My experience includes anxiety, depression, disordered eating, LGBTQ, attention/focus disorders, relationships, personality disorders, and life transitions (faith, divorce, grief). I strive to be inclusive and affirmative of all cultures, religions, races, and orientations. Along with several years of direct work with clients from ages 13+, I have worked in adult substance use inpatient facilities and in other local and regional organizations, volunteering to support underserved and marginalized communities in Utah, including the former Utah Pride Center. I am an active member of the LGBTQIA Affirmative Therapist Guild, Utah Mental Health Counselors Association (UMHCA) and the American Mental Health Counselor Association, (AMHCA)
I received my bachelors degree from the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University, and my master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Phoenix.
In my free time I enjoy cooking, traveling (especially to great concerts), and spending time with my children who live in Utah, Colorado, and Indiana.