I earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Grand Valley State University (go Lakers!), a master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Michigan State University (go Green!), and my Doctorate in Psychology from the University of Denver (go DU!). I had the honor of completing my pre-doctoral internship at The University of San Diego and my Postdoctoral Residency at The University of California, San Diego. The training and supervision I have received over the years have been invaluable to my growth both personally and professionally and I look forward to being a life-long student in this field.
Therapeutic Approach and Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
I believe that clients are the experts on themselves, and therapy is most effective when it’s collaborative and strength-based. While treatment will look different for each client and their unique needs and goals, my theoretical approach integrates evidence-based practice including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) to help clients explore and identify their strengths and values, develop new skills and strategies, and challenge the unhelpful thoughts that cause undue stress to create meaningful change to improve relationships and quality of life.
I actively work to dismantle systemic oppression and I am committed to being a lifelong learner of social justice, inclusivity, and allyship. On an individual level, I practice awareness of my own privileges, blind spots, and implicit biases with humility and commitment. On a therapeutic level, I consider how oppression, systemic racism, and experiences of marginalized populations play a role in overall wellbeing and mental health concerns. I am currently reading my way through Ibram X. Kendi’s Antiracist Reading List
I want to acknowledge that the land on which we gather is the traditional and ancestral homelands of the Arapaho, Cheyenne, and Ute Nations and peoples. I want to pay respect to the people of the Arapaho, Cheyenne, and Ute Nation, both past and present, and their continuing relationship to their ancestral lands.
Pineapple on Pizza
When not working, I can usually be found traveling to visit my family & friends, playing in the mountains with my partner and pup, and/or eating pizza. And yes, I believe pineapple belongs on pizza (judge away!).