Specialties: Children, Adolescents & Young Adults; Mood Disorders, Depression, Anxiety, OCD, Emotional Dysregulation, & Perfectionism; Parent Training; Preparation for and Readjustment after LDS missions
Education: Masters in Psychology from Brigham Young University; Clinical Psychology Ph.D. in training (4th year student) at Brigham Young University, APA Accredited; Juris Doctor, Brigham Young University
Thesis: An Item Reduction Analysis of the Group Questionnaire 30: Creation of an Ultra-Short Measure for Clinical Practice
Dissertation in Progress: Compassion Focused Group Therapy in College Counseling Populations: A Pilot and Feasibility Study
Work Experience: Community Mental Health, University Counseling, & Juvenile Counseling
Therapeutic Approach: I personally believe that the foundation of any therapeutic environment is genuine caring, respect, and compassion. To this foundation, I add an integrative approach, regularly using therapies from the follow disciplines: cognitive-behavioral therapy CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), experiential therapy, emotion focused therapy (EFT), exposure and response prevention (ERP), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT),and compassion focused therapy (CFT). This allows me to evaluate the needs of each client individually and be flexible in meeting them where they are.
Childhood and adolescence are a time of immense growth, change, and—for many—challenge. It is also a time of remarkable potential, as abilities and knowledge gained at this point have the potential to set a positive trajectory for years to come. This is one of the reasons I choose to work with youth—to help them gain the self-awareness, insight, and skills required to pursue a healthy and meaningful life.
Choosing to begin therapy is a deeply personal experience, and I find it essential for clients to feel comfortable with me and safe in our process. In my work with children, adolescents, and young adults, we work collaboratively to uncover and define their vision for their life and what obstacles and challenges are currently standing in their way. From there, we follow a personalized treatment plans using evidence-based practices and continual monitoring of progress. I help my clients learn and practices the skills, emotional regulation, and cognitive flexibility to work through their difficulties and pursue a meaningful life.