I am passionate about empowering individuals to overcome personal obstacles to improve their life as a licensed Clinical Mental Health Clinician and Clinical Mental Health Clinician Supervisor. I have a history of working with individuals struggling with addictions, trauma, and comorbidities. I currently have a private practice in Utah servicing adults, couples, teens, and children, specializing in trauma, EMDR, and comorbidities. When working with clients, I utilize clinically and empirically based interventions and have a strong connection with research and development for ongoing clinical growth. I have a doctorate degree in Counselor Education and Supervision, emphasizing trauma and crisis, a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
PhD, Walden University; Counselor Education & Supervision, emphasis in Trauma and Crisis
Dissertation: Exploring relationships of meaning, co-occurring diagnoses, and attitudes about substances.
MA, Argosy University; Clinical Mental Health Counseling
BA, University of Utah; Exercise & Sport Science, focus sports psychology
My teaching philosophy focuses on the belief that all students want to learn, supporting them in their learning through practice and participation. I strive to achieve a place where students can process and derive the greatest possible understanding from the information provided. My goal is to assist students in engaging their critical thinking skills, employing their self-evaluation, reflection, and social awareness.
Teaching in counselor education and supervision continually reminds me of the importance in creating an environment where awareness of one’s beliefs, behaviors, and perceptions can be broached. I seek to provide opportunities for students to develop the knowledge, understanding, and skills as they continue working towards their future vision as a clinician, advocate, educator, researcher, or supervisor.
As an academician that is trained and continues to practice as a clinical mental health counselor, supervisor, and researcher, my research interests include evidence-based practices in addiction, comorbidities, trauma, PTSD, and supervisory alliance. I have spent the last ten years specializing in addiction, mental health services, and trauma survivor services for adults. I have developed and implemented full spectrum treatment programs that assist patients with various diagnoses, including addiction, dual diagnoses, and populations, including individuals that are severely persistently mentally ill and incarcerated individuals.
I served as a graduate student member with RMACES for over two years while obtaining my doctoral degree and have presented at previous SACES, RMACES, and AARC conferences on the relationships of meaning, co-occurring diagnoses, and attitudes about substances in individuals undergoing substance abuse treatment.
American Counseling Association (ACA), Member
Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), Member
Rocky Mountain Association for Counselor Educators (RMACES), Member, previous Graduate Student Member
Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling (AARC), Member